severine autesserre

severine autesserre

intro’d to Severine here tedglobal2014:

To solve mass violence, look to locals

congo-list conflict is deadliest conflict since ww2 – almost 4 million deaths – 18 yrs – largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world

core cause – violence in congo driven by local bottom up conflicts.. that international peace efforts have failed to address

home to worst crisis as well as largest humanitarian efforts

2 observations about continuation of violence:

1\ local

local seen as results of national/international .. and inherent natural consequences… see general elections of cure all

2\ long standing bottom up agendas

ie: who can be chief of village

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how dominate culture shapes understandings..

ie: un would be deflated if it were to focus on local

these understandings of national/international … ignore the microlevel foundations that are so necessary for sustainable peace…

inadequate peace in short term and potential war assumption in long term

ie: Somaliland (bottom-up)  compared to Somalia (top-down)


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from her site:

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University (USA). I work on civil wars, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics.

My current research project examines how everyday elements influence peacebuilding interventions on the ground. I conducted extensive fieldwork for this project between 2010 and 2012, with a primary case study on the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and comparative research in Burundi, Cyprus, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste. Preliminary findings from this project have appeared in Critique Internationale and African Affairs (the latter piece won the 2012 Best Article award from the African Politics Conference Group). The book based on this research, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention, has just been released by Cambridge University Press.



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