Tatiana Carayannis

Deputy Director, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)Phone: (212) 377-2700 x3652


Tatiana Carayannis is deputy director of the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and leads the forum’s Africa programs, including a project on China’s engagement in Africa, The China-Africa Knowledge Project. She also convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and is a research director of the Justice and Security Research Programme and fellow at the London School of Economics. A specialist on UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Central Africa/DR Congo, her current research projects focus on hybrid public authorities in the border regions of DRC and the Central African Republic and the impact of interventions for justice and security on local communities, including those displaced. A seasoned researcher, Carayannis has written widely on political mobilization, rebel governance (the MLC rebel movement in particular), international justice, democratic processes and elections, UN peacekeeping and preventive diplomacy in Central Africa, and on the agenda-setting role of UN human rights and development ideas. Before joining the SSRC, she directed a research and publication program on the intellectual history of the United Nations at The City University 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. She coauthored UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (Indiana University Press, 2005) and coedited Making Sense of the Central African Republic (Zed Books, 2015). She is currently completing three book projects: Public Authority and Justice and Security in Central Africa (coauthored); Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960–1964; and Authorities in Conflict in DRC (coedited). All are scheduled for publication in 2017. A sixth book, The Third UN (with Thomas G. Weiss) is currently in the early stages. She holds an MA in political science from New York University and a MPhil in international relations and comparative politics from The City University of New York Graduate Center. She was a USIP Jennings Randolph Fellow and Mellon Fellow for Security and Humanitarian Action and has lectured at The City University of NY, the University of Edinburgh, Columbia University, and Adelphi University. Carayannis is fluent in French and Greek, grew up in Central and West Africa, and travels frequently to the region.