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Andrea OSúilleabháin

Policy Analyst | Osuilleabhain@ipinst.org

Andrea (Laidman) Ó Súilleabháin joined IPI in January 2013. She currently works on inclusive peacebuilding at the country and international policy level, South-South cooperation among fragile states, and the role of women in conflict mediation and peace processes. Andrea also conducts research and writes about the diplomacy of small states at the UN.

Andrea holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law (2012), where she specialized in international human rights and refugee law. Andrea conducted research on the gender-based impacts of US counterterrorism policy for the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. She completed legal and policy advocacy on behalf of migrants for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program in New York and Doras Luimní in Limerick, Ireland.

Prior to law school, Andrea was a George J. Mitchell Scholar in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where she completed graduate coursework in anthropology and international development, and conducted extensive fieldwork among Ireland’s new refugee communities.

Andrea received her B.A. in Political Science and International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (2008). She was awarded a fellowship for her research on gender violence in South Africa, the Program for American Democracy Prize for her thesis on civil liberties and habeas corpus in wartime America, and the Howard Swearer Student Humanitarian Award for her leadership on capital punishment and restorative justice issues.

Selected Publications

See all of Andrea’s posts in The Global Observatory here.

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The Global Observatory

Calls for Military Action Bring Troubling Dimension to Political Crisis in Lesotho
The alleged August 30 coup in Lesotho has re-focused attention on the small country's internal insecurity as well as its lack of a viable national economy.

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

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, 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.

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May 13, 2014
Small States at the United Nations: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Opportunities


Small states make up the majority of United Nations member states, and they are among the strongest advocates for the rules-based multilateral system. Yet many small states face challenges in advancing their interests at the UN.