Political science professor Severine Autesserre was a featured speaker at the recent TEDGlobal 2014 conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her TED talk, Prof. Autesserre focused on her experience as a humanitarian worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and what international actors can do to reduce conflict in their communities. Read a TED blog post about Prof. Autesserre and her fellow presenters. Prof. Autesserre’s TED talk was featured in a number of Brazilian publications, including Folha de Sao Paolo and Jornal do Brasil.
Prof. Autessere’s TEDGlobal talk comes on the heels of the release of her latest book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention, which examines how the day-to-day lives of peacebuilders influence the effectiveness of their work in conflict zones. Read a Council on Foreign Relations blog post featuring Peaceland, and listen to an interview with the United States Institute of Peace Academy on the new book.
Prof. Autesserre joined Barnard’s faculty in 2007. Her research focuses on African politics, international relations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the politics of humanitarian and development aid. Peaceland, her most recent book, was published in April; her previous book, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding, received the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.