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Tue, Mar 30, 2021

Darnal on Search For Common Ground’s panel: ‘Real Talk’: the hard choices that women peacebuilders face

On March 30, Aude Darnal participated in Search’s panel “Real Talk: the Hard Choices that Women Peacebuilders Face”. She discussed her experience as a female peacebuilder, and shed some light on overlooked issues related to women’s engagement in peacebuilding and conflict. “Women all over the world are dedicating their lives to building peace and ending […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Conflict

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

It’s time to change the way we talk about women in conflicts

There's a disconnect between rhetoric and reality when it comes to women's roles in peacebuilding and development projects because the discussion about women overwhelmingly focuses on them as victims of conflict and political violence without also recognizing them as participants in it. That’s a problem.

New Atlanticist by Aude Darnal

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Tue, Mar 2, 2021

Darnal testifies at House Foreign Affairs committee hearing on elections in Africa

On March 2, Aude Darnal testified before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights on the topic of Elections in Africa. She highlighted some of the challenges tainting electoral processes on the continent, and discussed some of the lessons learned and pitfalls US policy makers should consider to rethink […]

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Africa Elections

Aude Darnal is an associate director at the New American Engagement Initiative (NAEI) in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, which aims to critically examine the core assumptions of American grand strategy and propose fresh, innovative ideas for US foreign policy. Aude’s work focuses on the critical analysis and understanding of armed conflicts and of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Aude worked as a mobile safety advisor for the Lake Chad Basin at INSO. She worked in Maiduguri, Nigeria and Maroua, Cameroon, gathering data and performing empirical analysis on organized armed groups as well as providing support for security related issues and access to humanitarian NGOs. She previously worked in Guinea as Search For Common Ground’s program associate and was responsible for program development, advocacy, and external relations with donors and institutional partners. There, she had the opportunity to work on a wide range of issues related to electoral violence, sustainable business practices, and the respect of human rights particularly in the mining sector, in women and youth empowerment, and in civil society. She also has experience in research, strategic communication, and project management thanks to her work in Dakar, Senegal with the International Dakar Forum on Peace and Security in Africa; in Washington, DC with the Organization of American States and International Crisis Group—where she developed a particular interest in the Sahel region—and in New York City with the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations.

Aude holds a Master of Science in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and International Law from the University of Quebec in Montreal.