Séverine Autesserre  is an award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of The Trouble with the CongoPeaceland, and The Frontlines of Peace, in addition to articles for publications such as Foreign AffairsInternational Organization, and The New York Times.

Autesserre has been involved intimately in the world of international aid for more than twenty years. She has conducted research in twelve different conflict zones, from Colombia to Somalia to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Autesserre has worked for Doctors Without Borders in places like Afghanistan and Congo, and at the United Nations headquarters in the United States. Her research has helped shape the intervention strategies of several United Nations departments, foreign affairs ministries, and non-governmental organizations, as well as numerous philanthropists and activists. She has also been a featured speaker at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and the U.S. House of Representatives. Please click here for more details, or follow her on Twitter at @SeverineAR.




The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming March 2021)
Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
The Trouble With the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Book Chapters

“Paternalism and Peacebuilding: Capacity, Knowledge, and Resistance in International Interventions,” in Paternalism beyond Borders, ed. Michael Barnett (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Journal Articles

“The Crisis of Peacekeeping: Why the UN Can’t End Wars,” Foreign Affairs 98 (2019).
“The Right Way to Build Peace in Congo,” Foreign Affairs (2017).
“What the Uproar Over Congo’s Elections Misses,” Foreign Affairs (2017).
“International Peacebuilding and Local Success: Assumptions and Effectiveness,” International Studies Review 19, no. 1 (2017).
“The Responsibility to Protect in the Congo: The Failure of Grassroots Prevention,” International Peacekeeping 23, no. 1 (2016).
“Going Micro: Emerging and Future Peacekeeping Research,” International Peacekeeping 26, no. 1 (2014). 
“Dangerous Tales – Dominant Narratives on the Congo and their Unintended Consequences,” African Affairs 111, no. 443 (2012).
“Construire la Paix: Conceptions Collectives de son Etablissement, de son Maintien et de sa Consolidation,” Critique Internationale 51 (2011).
“The Trouble With the Congo: a précis,” African Security Review 20, no. 2 (2011).
“Hobbes and the Congo—Frames, Local Violence, and International Intervention,” International Organization 63, no. 2 (2009).
“Penser les Conflits Locaux: L’Echec de l’Intervention Internationale au Congo” (“Understanding Local Conflicts: The Failure of the International Intervention in the Congo”), L’Afrique des Grands Lacs 12 (2008).
“The Trouble With Congo—How Local Disputes Fuel Regional Violence,” Foreign Affairs 87, no. 3 (2008).
“The Trouble with Congo-How Local Disputes Fuel Regional Conflict,” Foreign Affairs 87 (2008).
“D.R. Congo: Explaining Peace Building Failures, 2003–2006,” Review of African Political Economy 34, no. 113 (2007).
“Local Violence, National Peace? Post-war ‘Settlement’ in the Eastern D.R. Congo,” African Studies Review 49, no. 3 (2006).
“Kongo’da siddet ve ölüm kültürü” (Violence and the Culture of Death in the Congo), Birikim 174, trans. K. Caliskan (2003).
“Seven Commentaries, Three Debates and One Book: The Author’s Response,” African Security Review 20, no. 2 (2011).

Other Articles

“Trouble in Peaceland,” Foreign Policy, Peace Channel (2015).
“Peacetime Violence —Post-Conflict Violence and Peace— Building Strategies,” Program on States and Security (2010).
“The United States’ ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ in South Sudan,” Journal of Humanitarian Affairs (2002).