The Understanding Violent Conflict program, in partnership with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, welcomed six International Peace Institute (IPI) fellows from Kings College-University of Nairobi African Leadership Centre for a day-long event. The fellows learned about various programs at the SSRC – including CPPF, UVC, Media and Democracy, and the African Peacebuilding Network – and presented their own research for brainstorming and feedback.
After welcoming remarks from Ambassador John L. Hirsch, Tatiana Carayannis chaired a discussion on the Council's history of commissioning research for the public good and outlined its current programming on the African continent and fellowships portfolio. The African Leadership Centre fellows research interests touched on various SSRC themes including women's political leadership, the security implications of forced migration, the challenges of the return and reintegration of ex-combatants, China-Africa relations, and resilience to violent extremism.
You can read the bios of this year's cohort of fellows here.