Fiona Mangan

Senior Program Officer

Fiona Mangan is a senior program officer and is currently serving as USIP's country representative in the Central African Republic. Her work centers on thematic research and programming on justice and security issues, transnational and serious crime, and prison reform, primarily in North Africa and Yemen. She previously worked at the Stimson Center where her research involved a multi-country study on the impact of police, justice, and corrections reform work in United Nations peace operations. She has also worked for the International Policy Division at the Irish Department of Justice, Independent Diplomat in New York, Lawyers Without Borders in Liberia, and the International Stability Operations Association in Washington. In addition to rule of law work, Fiona has served on international election observation missions for the Carter Center in South Sudan and for Progressio in Somaliland.

She holds master’s degrees from Columbia University, and King's College London, and a law degree from University College Dublin.

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December 6, 2016

Nine months after the Central African Republic (CAR) held free, peaceful and democratic elections for president and parliament, the country continues to struggle for stability and progress. Half of the country remains in need of humanitarian aid, and an increase in violent incidents since September threatens to destabilize any progress made to date. At the end of November, clashes between factions of the ex-Séléka, a formerly united alliance of primarily Muslim armed groups, left 85 dead, 76 injured and 11,000 newly displaced. The targeting of a specific ethnic group in the fighting, the...


July 23, 2016
يتناول هذا التقرير نظام السجون في اليمن من منظور النظم العامة ذات الصلة. وحظيت الدراسة، التي تُعد جزءًا من مشروع الممتد على مدار ثلاث سنوات (PISU) معهد السلام الأمريكي بشأن سيادة القانون خلال الفترة الانتقالية لمرحلة ما بعد الربيع العربي في اليمن، بدعم من مكتب شؤون المخدرات وإنفاذ القوانين الدولية التابع لوزارة الخارجية الأمريكية. وبموجب تصريح من وزارة الداخلية ومصلحة السجون اليمنية، قام فريق البحث - المكون من المؤلفتين فيونا مانغان وإيريكا غاستون التابعتين لمعهد السلام الأمريكي، وأيمن الإرياني وطه ياسين التابعين للمركز اليمني لقياس الرأي العام، والاستشارية لميس الحميدي -بزيارة سبعة وثلاثين مقر احتجاز في ست محافظات لتقييم الأداء التنظيمي والبنية التحتية ووضع السجناء والأمن. English version available.
September 2, 2016
This report examines the prison system in Libya. With the permission of the Libyan Ministry of Justice and Judicial Police, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) research teams conducted two assessments of the Libyan prison system, visiting detention facilities throughout the country in 2012 and again in 2015–16 to evaluate organizational function, security, infrastructure, and prisoner well-being. This report combines and compares the findings of the two assessments, discussing the broader context of detention issues in Libya, with analysis centering on prisons under the authority of the Ministry of Justice and operated by the Judicial Police. 
September 2, 2016
After the 2011 revolution in Libya that toppled Gadhafi and destroyed many state institutions, tribes and armed groups stepped in to fill the vacuum. The trend increased after the collapse of central state security in 2014. This report examines the renewed role of tribes as guarantors of social stability and providers of security and justice services in the country during the period and today.
August 25, 2016
This report examines the different directions that policing in Libya has taken since the fall of Gadhafi in 2011. Using two cities, Tobruk and Sabha, as representative case studies, the report examines how competing and overlapping groups have assumed policing functions and traces the social and political inclinations of those groups. Acknowledging that local variation prevents countrywide generalization, the report identifies features and tendencies of the Libyan landscape that are relevant to future reform. 

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