SSRC Staff

Tatiana Carayannis

Deputy Director,
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)


Tatiana Carayannis is deputy director of the Social Science Research Council's Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum where she leads on CPPF's Africa programs, including exploring possible new SSRC programming around China-Africa issues. She also serves as the SSRC focal point and Conflict research team leader for the LSE-based Justice and Security Research Programme, an international research consortium, and is a visiting fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU for 2011-2012. Before joining the SSRC, she directed a research and publication program on the intellectual history of the United Nations at the City of New York's Ralph Bunche Institute for International Affairs. In 1998, she served as rapporteur for the UN Secretary-General's Resource Group on the DRC, and before that managed two multi-year, Carnegie Corporation and Ford Foundation funded projects on democratic transitions in Africa and regional security architecture at the Institute for International Education. An experienced field researcher, Tatiana has written widely on the networks of the Congo wars and in particular the MLC rebel movement, the role of the UN in conflict management in Africa, global-local conflict linkages, and the agenda-setting role of UN humanitarian and development ideas. She is a peer reviewer for academic journals and is frequently consulted by multilateral agencies, governments, and NGOs on security and humanitarian issues in the Great Lakes region. She is a regular contributor to the African Arguments blog and a founding member of the Central Africa Policy Forum. Tatiana co-authored UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (Indiana University Press, 2005) and is currently completing her second book, Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960-1964 (Lynne Rienner Press, forthcoming 2012). A co-edited volume, Cinquante ans de mobilisation politique au Congo is underway and scheduled to be published in 2012 by L’Harmattan, and a fourth book project, The Three Congo Wars, is in the planning stages for mid-2012. Tatiana received her M.A. from New York University and MPhil from The CUNY Graduate Center, where she was a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar and Mellon Fellow while undertaking her PhD studies. She received a Cértificat Pratique de français commercial et économique from the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris and training in oral history methods from Columbia University.