Severine Autesserre

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Séverine Autesserre is an award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of the books The Trouble with the Congo , Peaceland , and The Frontlines of Peace , in addition to articles for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.

Autesserre has been involved intimately in the world of international aid for more than twenty years. She has conducted research in twelve different conflict zones, from Colombia to Somalia to Israel and the Palestinian territories. She has worked for Doctors Without Borders in places like Afghanistan and Congo, and at the United Nations headqua
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The Trouble with the Congo by Severine Autesserre
"If your passion is the Congo and / or international peacebuilding, this is a book for you."
The Trouble with the Congo by Severine Autesserre
"I have many, many feelings right now regarding this book.

I value it for what it is worth, a pioneering and insightful take on the need for bottom-up approaches to peacekeeping efforts worldwide. Though other authors have brought this necessity to th" Read more of this review »
The Frontlines of Peace by Severine Autesserre
"How unfortunately fitting that I'm writing this review today.

This year was the first time I really learned about the role of internationals in peacemaking and peacebuilding. It is stunning to me that random people stand in such critical crossroads. " Read more of this review »
The Frontlines of Peace by Severine Autesserre
"I recommend that everyone who cares about the state of the world read Frontlines of Peace. It is the rare work that manages both rigorous scholarship and vivid storytelling. Autesserre tells us how “Peaceland” fails with one-size-fits-all solutions (" Read more of this review »
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La plus secrète mémoire des hommes by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
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“It is clear that international peacebuilders are not the only, or even the main, figures responsible for the failure of the Congolese peace process. Certain Congolese actors at all levels; certain Rwandan, Ugandan, and Burundian leaders; and the individuals and companies involved in arms trafficking and illegal exploitation of Congolese resources together deserve the largest share of the blame.”
Severine Autesserre, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding

“At first glance, one might assume that a peacekeeping soldier from Pakistan, a diplomat from the United States, and a human rights advocate from Senegal would approach their jobs quite differently. Yet, while in Congo for a previous research project, I observed striking similarities in the ways that international interveners understand the situations they face and in the strategies they adopt, despite their otherwise extremely different national, professional, social, and economic backgrounds.”
Severine Autesserre, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

“...international peacebuilders usually arrive in new theaters of deployment with a clear sense of belonging to a specific group – a group markedly different from local populations.”
Severine Autesserre, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

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