Madeline Vellturo

Research Analyst

Protecting Civilians in Conflict

Madeline Vellturo is 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.


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

Sharing knowledge and resources to strengthen policymakers’ and practitioners’ commitment and capacity to prevent atrocities around the world.

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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…

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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