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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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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.