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You are invited to a private, off the record discussion with award-winning author and Barnard College, Columbia University Professor Séverine Autesserre. The conversation will center around Prof. Autesserre’s recently published book The Frontlines of Peace and touch on topical events such as the June 26 anniversary of Somaliland’s independence from Britain and the June 30 scheduled renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The conversation will be moderated by Africa Center Distinguished Fellow Ambassador J. Peter Pham.

The Frontlines of Peace examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry. With examples drawn from across the globe, Prof. Autesserre reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances. Contrary to what most politicians preach, building peace doesn’t require billions in aid or massive international interventions. Real, lasting peace requires giving power to local citizens. By narrating success stories of this kind, Prof. Autesserre shows the radical changes we must take in our approach if we hope to build lasting peace around us.

This invite-only, off-the-record event will take place on Tuesday June 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET) via Zoom. Please register below to confirm your attendance and receive Zoom details, or contact Luke Tyburski at or +1 (585) 797-9769 with any questions or concerns.

Reminder that this event is invite-only. If you did not personally receive this link from the Africa Center, we would ask you to please reach out to Luke Tyburski at or +1 (585) 797-9769 to request access.

The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.