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.


Pamela Aall
February 4, 2015
In the midst of a political shift where power is moving from central institutions to smaller, more distributed units in the international system, the approaches to and methodologies for peacemaking are changing. "Managing Conflict in a World Adrift" provides a sobering panorama of contemporary conflict, along with innovative thinking about how to respond now that new forces and dynamics are at play.
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.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

Pamela Aall, Richard H. Solomon

As part of its ongoing partnership with the National Academy of Engineering, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on June 25 focused their joint Roundtable on Technology, Science and Peacebuilding on four initiatives.

In the News

January 27, 2015

Based on the newly released book Managing Conflict in a World Adrift, published by CIGI and the United States Institute for Peace, Aall's lecture will highlight key findings and analyses from 40 of the world's leading international affairs analysts and ...