Dr. Youssef Mahmoud is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) supporting the sustainable development and peace operations programs and serving as focal point on mediation and...
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Dr. Youssef Mahmoud is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) supporting the sustainable development and peace operations programs and serving as focal point on mediation and prevention policies and practices. He is a former UN Under-Secretary-General and has headed peace operations in Burundi, the Central African Republic and Chad.
Prior to these assignments, he held other senior United Nations positions, notably as UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Director in the UN Department of Political Affairs, and Head of the Office of the Undersecretary-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
In 2015, he served as member of the UN Secretary-General High Level Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and simultaneously a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
In 2019, he led an independent strategic review of the UN peace operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 2463.
He periodically writes on the theory and practice of the evolving concept of sustaining peace and on political transitions in Africa, with particular focus on Tunisia.
He is currently a Visiting Professor at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College, London, and serves on the Boards of several non-profit organizations in the US and Tunisia.
Dr. Mahmoud has a PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Youssef Mahmoud, “Partnerships for Peacebuilding in Burundi: Some Lessons Learned,” in Crafting an African Security Architecture, edited by Hany Besada (London: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 129-142
Chandra Lekha Sriram and Youssef Mahmoud, “Bringing Security Back In: International Relations Theory and Moving Beyond the ‘Justice Versus Peace’ Dilemma in Transitional Societies,” in International Law and International Relations: Bridging Theory and Practice, edited by Thomas J. Biersteker, Peter J. Spiro, Chandra Lekha Sriram, and Veronica Raffo (New York: Routledge, 2007), pp. 222-235
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