Pamela Aall

Senior Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Management

Pamela Aall is a senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at the U.S. Institute of Peace. 

Prior to this, she was founding Provost of the Institute's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.

Her research interests include mediation, non-official organizations, civil–military relations, education and training, and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation. She is past president and current board member of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women's professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. She has also worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, and the International Council for Educational Development. In 2014, she has been named the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University.

Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books and articles, including the Guide to IGOs, NGOs and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations (2000).With Chester A. Crocker and Fen Osler Hampson, she has written and edited a series of books on international conflict management including Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007); Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004); Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011), and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (forthcoming 2014). They are also series editors for the Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management.

Publications

Pamela Aall
July 1, 2011
Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World examines conflict management capacities and gaps regionally and globally, and assesses whether regions—through their regional organizations or through loose coalitions of states, regional bodies, and non-official actors—are able to address an array of new and emerging security threats.
Pamela Aall
August 1, 2004
Written from the mediator's point of view, Taming Intractable Conflicts lays out the steps involved in tackling the most stubborn of conflicts. It first puts mediation in a larger context, exploring why mediators choose or decline to become involved, what happens when they get involved for the wrong reasons, and the impact of the mediator's institutional and political environment.
Michael Lekson, Pamela Aall, Robert M. Perito
June 1, 2007
Peace, stability, and humanitarian operations typically involve the interaction of international organizations (IOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the U.S. government, and the U.S. military. The Institute’s highly successful Guide to IGOs, NGOs and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations, which was based on peace operations in the Balkans following the Cold War, has been instrumental in facilitating interaction between IOs, NGOs, and the military. This online version includes updated information and resources.
Pamela Aall, Richard H. Solomon
This report summarizes discussions at a conference of leading officials and specialists on January 17, 2001.  The conference program was organized around five panel discussions covering two functional topics (organizing for national security and international conflict management) and three geographic regions of special concern to the United States (Russia, the Balkans, and Northeast Asia).

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

December 6, 2013
By:
Pamela Aall

What can we learn from other peace processes that could help ease the negotiations in Geneva this January between the Syrian government and the country's fractured opposition? Many seasoned practitioners would argue that since no two conflicts are alike, it is dangerous to assume that what worked in managing one conflict will work in another. At the risk of proving the skeptics right, however, there are a few areas in which earlier conflicts might provide useful lessons for Geneva: identity issues, ripeness issues, and issues arising from the lack of cohesion among the opposition.