Lisa Sharland

Nonresident Fellow

Protecting Civilians in Conflict

Lisa Sharland is a Nonresident Fellow with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program. She is Head of the International Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute with research interests in the United Nations and multilateralism, peacekeeping reform, Australia’s engagement in UN peacekeeping, African security issues, Australia-Africa engagement, protection of civilians and women, peace and security.

Since commencing at ASPI in March 2014, Lisa has conducted field research on preventing and countering violent extremism in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Kenya, and UN peacekeeping missions in Mali, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. She has authored numerous research publications and provided expert commentary to media and news outlets. She is currently involved in coordinating ASPI’s Women in Defence and Security Network (WDSN) and managing ASPI’s research internship program.

Lisa has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington DC and the National Institute for Defence Studies in Japan. She remains a non-resident fellow in the Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program at the Stimson Center. She has also worked as a consultant for the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations.

Prior to joining ASPI, Lisa worked as the Defence Policy Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in New York, where she provided advice on peacekeeping and defence-related policy issues and represented Australia in multilateral negotiations in the UN Security Council and General Assembly bodies, including the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34).

Before working for the Australian government, Lisa completed stints in Washington DC studying on exchange at The George Washington University and gaining political and legislative experience in the offices of US Members of Congress. She also worked in knowledge management at the Sydney-based offices of global commercial law firm Freehills (now Freehills Herbert Smith).

Lisa is a member of the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR), which is tasked by the Foreign Minister with informing Australia’s thinking and policies on Africa. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Western Australia’s Africa Research and Engagement Centre (AfREC).

Lisa holds a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Macquarie University, Australia.

Projects

Bridging policy innovation and field research to improve the effectiveness of United Nations peacekeeping

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Commentary
South Sudan: Politics, Protection, and Peacekeeping

By Lisa Sharland: On 12 August, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2304 authorising the deployment of a further 4,000 troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as part of a regional protection force. The mandate sh…

Issue Brief
Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations

Despite rhetoric and mandates that identify the protection of civilians as one of the highest priorities for U.N. peace operations, protection is often not treated as a priority on the ground. The report of the High-Level Independent Panel on U.N. Peac…

Report
Revising The UN Peacekeeping Mandate In South Sudan

By Lisa Sharland and Aditi Gorur:  Civil war has raged in South Sudan for two years. Horrific atrocities continue to be committed against the civilian population by both primary parties to the conflict as the United Nations mission in South Sudan…

Commentary
The Central African Republic Is Still in Crisis. Can UN Peacekeepers Help?

The kidnapping and assassination of senior political figures in Bangui in recent weeks, along with a number of violent intercommunal reprisals and attacks on peacekeepers, have sparked concerns the Central African Republic’s capital may be about to des…

Stimson in the News
Aditi Gorur & Lisa Sharland’s Op-ed in The National Interest on Central African Republic Crisis

The kidnapping and assassination of senior political figures in Bangui in recent weeks, along with a number of violent intercommunal reprisals and attacks on peacekeepers, have sparked concerns the Central African Republic’s capital may be about to des…

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

(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…