March 24, 2021

Book Talk: The Frontlines of Peace


Zoom Webinar

In The Frontlines of Peace, Séverine Autesserre, award-winning researcher and peacebuilder, examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry. With examples drawn from across the globe, she reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances. Contrary to what most politicians preach, building peace doesn’t require billions in aid or massive international interventions. Real, lasting peace requires giving power to local citizens.

The French-American Foundation hosted a Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00 pm ET with Séverine Autesserre to discuss her new book, The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World. The event was moderated by Megan Carroll (Young Leader ’18), Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Watch a recording of the webinar below:

Séverine Autesserre: Séverine Autesserre is an award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of The Trouble with the CongoPeaceland, and The Frontlines of Peace, in addition to articles for publications such as Foreign AffairsInternational Organization, and The New York Times.

Megan Carroll: Megan Carroll is currently at the United Nations where she covers counter-terrorism issues in Asia. She has served across the UN in political affairs, peacekeeping, and development. Prior to her current role, she evaluated peacekeeping missions and served as the Team Leader, Partnerships, for the UN’s Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support. She focused on the UN’s partnership with the World Bank and contributed to the recent joint UN-WB report, “Pathways for Peace.” Previously, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow where she was part of the US government’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

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