SPOTLIGHT: Issues and Ideas

Conflict in Africa: Historical Causes and Transformative Solutions
Speakers: Ilhan Dahir and Julie Gregory

Description of talk: When we hear about the African continent in the media, it’s often within the context of conflict. This talk seeks to define the issues that cause and exacerbate conflict in countries like the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mali, with special consideration given to the impact of climate change on the drivers of violence. The speakers will also outline international efforts to mitigate conflict and protect civilians in these different contexts, including through UN peacekeeping.

Julie Gregory
Ilhan Dahir
Julie Gregory (she/her) is a Research Associate with the Protecting Civilians in Human Security Program at Stimson. Julie previously, worked with the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution program on their engagements in Mali and East Africa, the Mercy Corps’ Policy and Advocacy team on peacebuilding initiatives in Africa, and the Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services. She is a trained civil mediator and has served as both a Small Claims Court and community mediator. She holds a Master’s in International Security from Sciences Po Paris, a M.Sc. in Management of International Organizations from Bocconi University, and a B.A. in International Relations and French from Franklin University Switzerland.
Ilhan Dahir (she/her) is a Research Associate with the Protecting Civilians and Human Security Program at Stimson. Ilhan previously worked at the African Union (AU) Mission to the United Nations as a consultant researcher where she focused on issues concerning AU-UN partnership, peace and security, climate security, and conflict related displacement. Ilhan also worked at the International Peace Institute’s (IPI) as a researcher on the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations team. She sits on the steering committee for the African Union’s Young Women Mentorship Initiative and teaches university level courses on political theory and philosophy as a visiting lecturer. Ilhan is a Fulbright Scholar and holds two Master’s Degrees from the University of Oxford where she studied Global Governance and Diplomacy and Refugee and Forced Migration Studies as a Rhodes Scholar and an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English Literature from the Ohio State University where she studied as a Morrill Scholar.

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