Ena Dion, is a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she leads the Justices and Security Dialogue (JSD) Project in the Sahel and the Maghreb. The project brings together stakeholders in Senegal, Mali Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia at the community level to strengthen rule of law and security by building lines of communication, increasing trust, promoting accountability, and providing input on justice and security reform needs and options. Before joining the JSD Project, she worked with the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL), managing the rule of law online forum, and INPROL’s Afghanistan programming.

Dion’s previous experience includes providing technical support in the area of constitution-making to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq and the Republic of Fiji's Constitutional Commission, and working on access to justice projects with International Bridges to Justice in Cambodia. She has also worked with the International Network for Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and with William and Mary Law School’s Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. Her work at USIP focuses on improving the effectiveness of rule of law projects.

Dion graduated cum laude with a juris doctor from William and Mary School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from McGill University.

Publications By Ena

How International Security Support Contributed to Mali’s Coup

How International Security Support Contributed to Mali’s Coup

Monday, September 21, 2020

By: Ena Dion; Emily Cole

Since a 2012 coup, Mali has received significant security assistance from United States, France, the European Union and other foreign donors to address violent extremism and insurgency and help stabilize the country. In the wake of the August military coup, it is clear that strategy has backfired—and that, in fact, the failure of international security sector assistance to prioritize governance likely contributed to the conditions that led to the coup.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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