Steve Hege has over 15 years of experience working with the United Nations, international NGOs, think tanks and governments on issues related to security sector reform, DDR, local governance, human rights, political dialogue and natural resource management. He currently manages several security and justice reform programs for USIP in Myanmar/Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia.

Prior to joining the Institute, he served as the coordinator of the U.N. Group of Experts on the DRC (2010-2012) investigating and reporting on arms embargo violations for the Security Council's Sanctions Committee, including researching military integration challenges, illicit trade in natural resources and egregious human rights violations. 

From 2007 to 2009, Steve worked with the Peace Appeal Foundation, where he provided technical assistance on security reforms and transitional arrangements in support of peace processes in Nepal and Lebanon.

Steve has also worked as field researcher and advocacy officer for the Norwegian Refugee Council focusing on the impact of organized crime on communities in Mexico and Colombia and previously managed programs on security sector reform in Central Africa and Southeast Asia with New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. He similarly held positions as a DDR officer within the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in the DR Congo and a policy officer for Jesuit Refugee Service in Burundi.

As a short-term consultant/advisor, Steve has conducted or contributed to research for DFID, the International Peace Institute, Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. From 2002 to 2004, Steve was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study the role of and work alongside religious organizations in conflict zones in Colombia. 

Steve has masters degrees in international law/affairs and conflict resolution from Columbia University (New York), Sciences-Po (Paris) and Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá) in addition to his undergraduate studies in theology at Boston College.

Publications By Steve

Steve Hege on Colombia’s Election

Steve Hege on Colombia’s Election

Thursday, June 21, 2018

By: Steve Hege

Following a peaceful run-off election in Colombia, Steve Hege shares his analysis on the victory of right-wing candidate Ivan Duque over leftist Gustavo Petro. At the top of Duque’s agenda, according to Hege, will be amending the peace accord with the FARC, resuming more aggressive drug eradication programs, increasing security, and strengthening the U.S.-Colombia relationship.   

Will Colombia's 2018 Elections Imperil Peace?

Will Colombia's 2018 Elections Imperil Peace?

Friday, April 13, 2018

By: Steve Hege

The April 9 arrest and extradition request of former senior Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) commander and peace negotiator Jesús Santrich highlights the complex challenges Colombia faces in the implementation of the historic November 2016 peace agreement with the FARC. Over a year and a half since the signing of the agreement, Colombia finds itself in one of the most critical moments in its efforts to definitively put to rest over five decades of armed conflict that has left more than 8.5 million victims in its wake. Frustrations surrounding the mixed results in the implementation of the peace agreement are exacerbated by the natural uncertainty over the upcoming May 27 presidential elections and its policy impact.

Electoral Violence; Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Peace Processes

Steve Hege on Colombia’s Progress Towards Peace

Steve Hege on Colombia’s Progress Towards Peace

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

By: Steve Hege

Leaders from the Western Hemisphere absent Venezuela’s President Maduro will gather for the 8th Summit of the America’s in Peru later this week. Vice President Pence following the summit will travel on to Colombia. Steve Hege explains a range of issues involving Colombia from U.S. bilateral relations, upcoming elections, peace plan implementation and reforms, and the strains on public infrastructure and services as a result of an exodus of Venezuelan refugees.

Colombia Peace: A Year in the Life of the New Accord with FARC

Colombia Peace: A Year in the Life of the New Accord with FARC

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

By: Steve Hege; Maria Antonia Montes

A year ago today, hundreds of joyous Colombians and world leaders gathered in the humid coastal city of Cartagena as the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a comprehensive settlement that once had seemed unattainable. But while implementation of the accord continues generally in the right direction, it is often traveling a bumpy road.

Peace Processes

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