Justifying Interventions in Africa. Nina Wilén.
I took my first class of International Politics in Swedish high school when I was 18 and I have been fascinated by the main questions behind the discipline of IR ever since. Most of my research tries to understand how we can go from conflict to some sort of peace and as such it concentrates on conflict analysis, peace processes and the grey area in between war and peace. During the last few years, I have become interested in gender & security and more precisely gender and the military in different forms.

Coincidences have driven my research interests to be concentrated on the African continent, yet what motivates my research is not the geographical places per se, but the drive to increase understanding of peace processes and the different actors involved.

I am a an Assistant Professor in International Relations at Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Director for the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute for International Relations, as well as the Deputy Editor for the journal International Peacekeeping.

I’ve been a Visiting Researcher at both Lund University in Sweden (2017-2018) and Stellenbosch University in South Africa (2015) and I was also an invited guest lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris where I taught the Master’s course “Security in Africa” in 2014.

I finished a 3-year post-doc position with the Royal Military Academy in Brussels at the end of 2013, where I still teach Higher Staff courses. I am also affiliated at the REPI network at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and working as a Senior Associate at Security Governance Group.

My areas of expertise include: peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction and international security but also gender and security and peacekeeping operations. I’m particularly interested in how military institutions adjust to post-conflict societies, including by contributing troops to other conflict areas, integrating former rebels and opening up the institution to new policies and cultures.