MaryAnne Iwara is a senior Jennings Randolph Fellow for USIP’s program on countering violent extremism. Her work highlights community perceptions of conflict-related sexual violence and the reintegration of women and children associated with Boko Haram.
Iwara is also a senior research fellow at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria, where she has provided insights and policy solutions to capacity development challenges related to peacebuilding in Africa.
She also conducts research on peacebuilding processes and facilitates training modules for the protection of civilians, including from sexual and gender-based violence. Her research work focuses on mainstreaming peacebuilding in public policy in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world. Prior to her fellowship, Iwara was a policy leader fellow at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she conducted research on pastoralism, peace and security in the ECOWAS region. She has been a regional and training advisor to the German Development Cooperation’s Regional Peace and Security Programme in Accra, Ghana, where she supported the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre in designing peacekeeping and peacebuilding trainings.
Iwara is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Leipzig. She also holds a master’s in African peace and conflict studies from the University of Bradford and a bachelor’s in history and international studies from the University of Calabar.