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 (USIP) and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She was founding Provost of USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding and headed the Institute’s education and training programs for a number of years. She is currently directing a project for CIGI on Africa’s regional conflict management capacity. Her research interests include mediation and negotiation, non-governmental organizations, civil–military relations, education and training and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation. She is chair of the board of the International Peace and Security Institute and a board member of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. In 2014, she was the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University. Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, most recently Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011) and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (2015) with Chester Crocker and Fen Hampson.

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December 6, 2013

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.


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.
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.
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.
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.