Severine Autesserre is an expert in war, peace, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. She has written two award-winning books and a series of articles. Her latest book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines how everyday practices, habits, and narratives influence the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions on the ground. Her previous book, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (Cambridge University Press, 2010), focuses on local violence and international intervention in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is currently researching a new project that examines successful international contributions to local and bottom-up peacebuilding. Before becoming an academic, Autesserre worked for humanitarian and development agencies in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua and India. She holds a post-doctorate from Yale University (2007), a Ph.D. in political science from New York University (2006), and master’s degrees in international relations and political science from Columbia University (2000) and Sciences Po (France, 1999). Please see for more details.


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).