Professor John Langmore AM
Dr Tania Miletic
Other Members of the Initiative for Peacebuilding Board
Professor Karen Farquharson, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), Professor of Sociology
Professor Erika Feller, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, Faculty of Law
Dr Emma Leslie, AM, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia
Professor Adrian Little, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Professor of Political Theory, SSPS
John McCarthy AO, former senior Australian diplomat, analyst, and writer
Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts
Associate Professor Tilman Ruff OA, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Global and Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Professor Derek McDougal, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts.
Dr Carla Winston, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts.
Jacob is continuing his research into UN Special Political Missions and the politics of peacebuilding.
While the need for conflict mediation and peacebuilding support grows, the UN is seeking to adapt its systems and approaches for the evolving challenges of the 21st Century; in particular, with an emphasis on political methods and solutions. UN Special Political Missions have long played a crucial role in international conflict mitigation, but remarkably this has not been reflected by much rigorous analysis or significant treatment in the literature. These have a proven record for high quality peacebuilding and Jacob’s research will make a fitting contribution to understanding and enhancing this tradition.
Jacob’s research proposes to explore both the theoretical and practical dimensions of how UN Special Political Missions, and peace operations more broadly, engage in the politics of conflict to support peace. Jacob’s strong academic achievements and his decade of professional diplomatic experience would enable him to make substantial contributions to the Centre.
Naomi is a Master of International Relations student at the University of Melbourne, with an interest in conflict resolution and prevention and in peace building. She has experience studying and volunteering across Africa and Asia, predominantly in post-conflict Rwanda. She was recently published in the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australian Outlook. Her article examined parallels between pre-genocide Rwanda and present day Burundi and proposed that the UN should remain vigilant, taking into account their experience in 1994 Rwanda: Burundi vs. Rwanda: Potential for a Future Genocide.
A current postgraduate student studying a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne, Patrick has long held a piercing interest in issues relating to conflict resolution, the international dimensions of global security decision–making, and the growing importance of multilateralism in the face of global challenges. Following previous research, Patrick’s current thesis seeks to explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of contested legitimacy within multilateral institutions and global decision making, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region.
Patrick’s research background has recently led him to intern for Australia’s Cyber Security CRC where he conducted major research into the growing spectre of geopolitical competition in outer space. By drawing particular attention to the lack of a coherent universal legal framework dedicated to the cybersecurity of space-based infrastructure, the research culminated in recommendations on the frontier of cutting-edge cybersecurity issues. The report's findings have since been integrated into the Space Industry Association of Australia’s submission to the Department of Home Affairs’ Critical Infrastructure Review.