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Lisa Sharland to Lead Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program

The Stimson Center is proud to announce that Lisa Sharland will return to the organization as an Adjunct Senior Fellow and, pending relocation to the United States, assume leadership of the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program. Sharland most recently served as Deputy Director, Defence, Strategy and National Security, and the Head of the International Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in Canberra, Australia. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center and the Defence Policy Adviser at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Sharland’s research focuses on UN peace operations reform, peacekeeping effectiveness, protection of civilians, preventing and countering violent extremism, and women, peace, and security. Read Sharland’s full bio.

“For more than two decades, the Stimson Center has helped shape international efforts to make peace operations more effective and strengthen civilian protection. Today, protracted conflicts around the world continue to have a devastating impact on civilians, making this work more critical than ever,” said Sharland. “I am excited to return to Stimson and work to bridge policy and practice so that we can reduce violence against civilians and promote international peace and security.”

“Stimson has a three-decade long legacy of leadership in peacekeeping, peace operations, and civilian protection,” said Brian Finlay, President and CEO of the Stimson Center. “I am delighted that Lisa Sharland will be returning to Stimson to carry those important efforts into the future. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program continue to expand its global reach, most notably to the benefit of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

Aditi Gorur, who previously led the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program, was appointed Policy Advisor to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations earlier this year.

The Protecting Civilians in Conflict program works with partners and stakeholders at the international and local levels to reduce violence against civilians around the world. The program works to bridge policy and practice, prioritizing being in the field, identifying protection challenges and innovations at the local level to better understand the reality on the ground.

The Stimson Center promotes international security, shared prosperity, and justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation. More at

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