Public Lectures/Talks



‘Whither UN Peace Operations?’

Keynote Address, Annual Peace Operations Seminar, Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC), Australian Defence College, Canberra, 8 April 2019.

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‘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

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Abstract

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?

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‘What’s going on in West Africa?’

Public Lecture

Melbourne Free University, 8 March 2018

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‘Challenges of UN Peace Operations’

Keynote Address

Australian Defence Force Command & Staff College, 24 November 2017

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‘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

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‘UN Peacekeeping: At an Inflection Point’

Public Lecture

Australian Institute for International Affairs, 23 May 2017

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‘Doing Statebuilding Better?’

Global Frictions Seminar Series

Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, 25 August 2016

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