Madeline Vellturo

Former Research Analyst

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Madeline Vellturo was formerly a Research Analyst with Stimson’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program. Her portfolio at Stimson includes UN peacekeeping and multilateral institutions, as well as African geopolitics with a focus on the Sahel region and an emphasis on pastoralism and herder-farmer conflict. She received a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs focusing on International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution. Prior to her graduate education, Madeline lived for several years in Accra, Ghana, where she founded a series of creative writing workshops for at-risk urban youth. She has also lived and worked in Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, and Uganda with local nonprofits in the fields of peacebuilding, literacy, entrepreneurship, and public health. Madeline holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Research & Writing

Issue Brief
The Erosion of Pastoralism in the Sudano-Sahel

From humble beginnings as local-level disputes over land and resources, pastoralism-related violence in the Sudano-Sahel has become increasingly intertwined with some of the most pressing security threats facing the world today.

Op-Ed
How Arms Proliferation Is Driving Herder-Farmer Conflict in the Sahel

This article was originally published in World Politics Review.

Commentary
Field Notes — Protecting Civilians in the Central African Republic

Since 2014, MINUSCA — the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic — has worked to protect civilians and keep the peace. Stimson experts Aditi Gorur and Madeline Vellturo trave…

Report
Local Conflict, Local Peacekeeping

Although United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping missions are mandated in response to major national- or international-level conflicts, missions are often confronted with a variety of locally-driven conflicts once they deploy. The 2015 report of the High-Le…

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