Tatiana Carayannis

Director, Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)Phone: (212) 377-2700 x3652


Tatiana Carayannis is director of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative and deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. She also leads a project on China’s engagement in Africa, The China-Africa Knowledge Project, convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and serves as a research director of the Conflict Research Programme and senior 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 public authorities and war networks 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. Her first book (coauthored) is UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (Indiana University Press, 2005) and her second (coedited) is Making Sense of the Central African Republic (Zed Books, 2015). She is currently completing three book projects: Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC 1960–1964; Authorities in Conflict in DRC (coedited); and a monograph on Jean-Pierre Bemba and the MLC rebel movement. All are scheduled for publication in 2017-2018. A sixth book, The Third UN (with Thomas G. Weiss) is currently in the early stages. She holds a PhD in political science (international relations and comparative politics) from The City University of New York Graduate Center, and an MA in political science from New York University. 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.