Gates Scholars: how can we secure a lasting peace after conflict?

Gates Scholars: how can we secure a lasting peace after conflict?

Gates Scholars: how can we secure a lasting peace after conflict?
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 5.00pm to 6.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 5.00pm to 6.00pm BST
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Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Social sciences

Gates Cambridge Scholars Njoki Wamai, Harum Mukhayer and Mateja Peter share their research on different contexts for peace building in Africa, from border disputes and political unrest to civil war. In this conversation, facilitated by Sharath Srinivasan, they will discuss which strategies work best for lasting progress. 

This year, Gates Cambridge is celebrating 20 years of supporting more than 1,900 of the most academically outstanding and socially committed postgraduate students in the world.


Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Fellow of King's
Sharath Srinivasan

Sharath Srinivasan is Co-Director of the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights, David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He is a member of Governing Council for the British Institute in Eastern Africa and a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book, When Peace Kills Politics: International intervention and unending war in the Sudans (Hurst & Co) and co-editor of another volume, Making and Breaking Peace in Sudan and South Sudan: The Comprehensive Peace Agreement and Beyond (Proceedings of the British Academy, 2020).

Harum Mukhayer

Pembroke 2016
Harum Mukhayer

Harum Mukhayer is in her final year of a PhD in international law researching communities between international borders. As a self-identified global nomad Harum traces her ancestral descent from Sudan, was born in the Emirates and grew up in Scotland. During her time in Cambridge as a Gates Scholar and member of Pembroke College she has committed to inclusivity and diversity work primarily motivated by making the Faculty of Law a safer and more welcoming place for BAME Students. Prior to Cambridge, Harum worked 8 years with the UN in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. For more information about Harum and her research and work experience feel free to get in touch with her, or check her website: 

Dr Njoki Wamai

Queens' 2012
Njoki Wamai

Njoki Wamai is a Kenyan Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States International University-Africa. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) in Cambridge’s Politics and International Studies Department. She started her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012 as a Gates Cambridge Scholar where she pursued a PhD in Politics and International Studies and recently returned to Kenya after six years. While a Gates scholar she was awarded the Bill gates Senior Prize for outstanding scholars who embody the leadership, academic excellence and social justice goals of the scholarship. Njoki is a feminist and a scholar activist. While in Cambridge Njoki co- founded the Black Cantabs Research Society which is a historical and political project that archives and curates black people who have studied in Cambridge ( Njoki wrote her PhD on the International Criminal Court Intervention (ICC) in Kenya. She continues to research on the politics of peace and justice after intervention. 

Dr Mateja Peter

St John's 2005
Mateja Peter

Mateja Peter is a Lecturer in International Relations at University of St Andrews, where she co-directs the Centre for Global Law and Governance. She previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Mateja obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar and subsequently held post-doctoral positions at research institutes in Washington, Berlin, and Oslo. She works at the intersection of international relations and law, researching on global governance and international organisations, peace operations and peacebuilding. Previously, she led a major project providing research support to the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations. She has extensive field experience and has recently done work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Darfur. Mateja is the editor of United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order (2019, Palgrave) and is currently finalising a book on international authority in statebuilding.


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