Past Event

The Frontlines of Peace

March 2, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Online Event Nairobi.

This webinar session will focus on peacebuilding activities revolving around Prof. Séverine Autesserre's new book titled; 'The Frontlines of Peace' an award-winning Author, Researcher, and Peacebuilder.

Prof. Séverine Autesserre in her book that was released in early 2021 examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry. With examples drawn from across the globe, she reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances. Contrary to what most politicians preach, building peace doesn’t require billions in aid or massive international interventions. Real, lasting peace requires giving power to local citizens. The webinar to dissect lessons for Africa as a whole on peacekeeping.

Author Bio

Severine Portrait

Prof. 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 Frontlines of PeacePeaceland, and The Trouble with the Congo, 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 headquarters in the United States. 

Her research has helped shape the intervention strategies of several United Nations departments, foreign affairs ministries, and non-governmental organizations, as well as numerous philanthropists and activists. She has also been a featured speaker at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and theU.S. House of Representatives. For more information and updates on her work, please visit her website.  Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

Mr. Wathome

Mr. Daniel Munyoki Wathome is a gender specialist and training coordinator at the International Peace Support Training Centre overseeing the training and research activities under the gender programme.

He has participated in multi-dimensional peace support Operations in different peace missions in Africa.  He is the National Trainer on sexual and gender-based violence for the international conference of the great lakes region – Regional Training Facility on SGBV (ICGLR-RTF), Kampala, Uganda.  He is the roving facilitator at and on gender issues for Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF); Rwanda Peace Academy; Finish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT) and Defence Staff College, Kenya.  He is the Chair Person of the Technical Working Group for the development of National Police Service SGVV – One-Stop Centres (POLICARE). 

He is a member of the National Steering Committee on Development of the 2nd Generation Kenya National Action Plan (KNAP) on UN SCR 1325 and related resolutions.  He is also a member of the Gender-Based Violence National Technical Working Group (Kenya).  Formerly a Probation Officer, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of  National Government – Kenya, Mr. Wathome was also a part-time lecturer at Nairobi Institute of Business Studies, Maasai Mara University, and South Eastern Kenya University.

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights.

Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973–1979), Makerere University in Uganda (1980–1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996–1999).  He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the "Top 20 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002, he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of books, among other journals.

He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.

Mamdani’s books include; Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities (new release), Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (2009); Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror (2004); When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and Genocide in Rwanda (2001); Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (1996), which was awarded the Herskovitz Prize of the African Studies Association; Politics and Class Formation in Uganda (1976); From Citizen to Refugee(1973); and The Myth of Population Control: Family, Class and Caste in an Indian Village (1972).