‘If diamonds are a dime a dozen, why are they so valuable’
SBS ‘The Feed’, 1 December 2020
‘The United Nations in the 90s’
BARELY GETTIN’ BY PODCAST, 30 MAY 2020
‘Protection through policing: The protective role of UN police in peace operations’
IPI policy forum event (LIVE), NEW YORK, 13 FEBRUARY 2020
Strengthening Peacekeeping and Sustaining Peace
‘PEACEKEEPING IN AFRICA: FOSTERING PARTNERSHIPS AND SYNERGIES’
CONFERENCE co-hosted by perm missions to un of ghana, the uk and norway, UN ECOSOC CHAMBER, 12 November 2019
‘Central African Republic, Peacekeeping and the protection of civilians’
GUIRA FM 93.3 MINUSCA radio interview, 31 August 2019
Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations: Progress, Problems and Prospects
PUBLIC LECTURE, Australian Institute for International Affairs – Victoria, 29 May 2019
Keeping the Peace with Dr Charles T. Hunt
dyason House podcast, season 3, episode 2, 20 may 2019
Whither UN Peace Operations?
Keynote Address, Annual Peace Operations Seminar, Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC), Australian Defence College, Canberra, 8 April 2019.
The World’s Youngest Failed State: Interrogating Western Interventions in South Sudan
Public Lecture (with Adam Day, Centre for Policy Research, UN University)
Centre for Grand Strategy, King’s College London, 30 November 2018
On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s youngest state, emerging from decades of civil war and a complex separation process from Sudan. Western powers overwhelmingly rejoiced at the newfound independence of South Sudan, with President Obama calling it a “new dawn” for the country. The United Nations too dramatically shifted its engagement in the two Sudans, shutting down the Khartoum-based mission that had overseen the peace agreement between North and South, and inaugurating a large, state-building mission in South Sudan which focused on helping the state to govern effectively and democratically. Two years later, however, South Sudan had descended into all-out civil war, a conflict that has left the country devastated and cost nearly 400,000 lives. The UN mission on the ground has all but abandoned its state-building efforts and is now focused on the more immediate tasks of protecting civilians, monitoring human rights violations, and bringing the warring parties into a viable agreement. What does South Sudan mean for Western visions of state failure and state-building? What lessons can be drawn from the UN’s experience in South Sudan from independence to today?
What’s going on in West Africa?
Public Lecture, Melbourne Free University, 8 March 2018
Challenges of UN Peace Operations
Keynote Address, Australian Defence Force Command & Staff College, 24 November 2017
Social resilience in the face of political volatility and threat: Lessons from the Global South
Global Frictions Seminar Series, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, 16 November 2017
UN Peacekeeping: At an Inflection Point
Public Lecture, Australian Institute for International Affairs, 23 May 2017
Doing Statebuilding Better?
Global Frictions Seminar Series, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, 25 August 2016