Stimson’s Alison Giffen Joins State Department As Senior Peacekeeping Advisor

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(Washington, D.C.) The Stimson Center announced today that Co-Director of the Future of Peace Operations program Alison Giffen will join the U.S. State Department’s International Organizations Bureau as the Senior Peacekeeping Advisor. The Center also announced the appointment of Lisa Sharland as a Visiting Fellow for the Future of Peace Operations program. Sharland will join Co-Director William Durch and Acting Deputy Director Aditi Gorur on the Future of Peace Operations team.

“Alison is a great colleague who has done groundbreaking work on protection of civilians in conflict,” said Durch. “She joins the State Department at a critical time, as the U.S. seeks to strengthen U.N. and regional peacekeeping.”

Lisa Sharland Joins Stimson as Visiting Fellow for Future of Peace Operations

Lisa Sharland will join Stimson as a Visiting Fellow from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, where her research focuses on peacekeeping and Australia-Africa engagement. Sharland previously worked as the Defense Policy Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in New York where she provided policy advice to the Australian government on opportunities and priorities for engagement in U.N. peacekeeping. She has served in previous capacities for then U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL).

“It’s a great opportunity to come to Stimson,” said Sharland. “Stimson’s on the ground approach to peacekeeping research has set the standard for innovation in the field. I look forward to working with their talented team.”

The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. Founded in 1989, Stimson is celebrating a quarter-century of building effective security solutions through pragmatic research and innovative analysis.

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