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Marie O'Reilly

Editor and Research Fellow | oreilly@ipinst.org

Marie O'Reilly serves as IPI's Editor and Research Fellow. She manages the editing, production, and dissemination of all IPI books, policy reports, and related publications, and is co-editor of IPI’s Global Observatory. Marie also researches and writes on inclusive peace processes, women’s roles in conflict mediation, and new technologies in conflict prevention.

Prior to joining IPI, Marie conducted research on the impact of natural resources on peacebuilding in South Sudan for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and developed conflict-prevention strategies targeting youth for the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon. She has also worked in management consulting with Accenture, on human rights and video advocacy with Witness, and on event planning and communications at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI) in Paris.

Marie holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she specialized in media and communications, and an MA in international security and conflict studies from Dublin City University. While earning her BA in European studies, Marie studied at Trinity College Dublin, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Marie tweets @Marie_O_R.

Selected Publications

• “Women in Conflict Mediation: Why It Matters,” International Peace Institute, October 2013 (with Andrea O Suilleabhain).

• “New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict,” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, October 2013 (with Francesco Mancini).

• “New Technology in Conflict Prevention,” in New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict, International Peace Institute, April 2013 (with Francesco Mancini).

• “Social Protection for Development,” paper prepared in the framework of the European Report on Development 2010, November 2010 (with Paolo Brunori).

See Marie’s analyses, articles, and interviews for The Global Observatory here>>

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The Global Observatory

Can UN-led Talks Bring Together a Fractured Libya?
The success of the negotiations hinges on the UN's ability to bring all parties to the table.

Key Global Events to Watch in January
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2015: Ten Multilateral Events to Watch This Year
A list of ten events that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2015, compiled by IPI’s Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Featured Publication

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October 10, 2014
Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons


Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. In light of the recent conflict in the North of Yemen and Sana’a, with a constitution-drafting process underway, a referendum to approve a draft constitution, and coming elections all within the next year, the open dialogue established among key parties and factions in Yemen’s transition has become increasingly important.