Elizabeth Andersen, Associate Executive Director, ABA ROLI

Elizabeth Andersen is Associate Executive Director of the American Bar Association and Director of its Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), the ABA’s global legal development program working in 60 countries worldwide to advance the rule of law.  Ms. Andersen joined the ABA in September 2014, bringing to ABA ROLI more than 20 years of experience in international law, international human rights and rule of law development. She previously served for eight years as executive director and executive vice president of the American Society of International Law; for three years as director of ABA ROLI’s Europe and Eurasia Division (previously known as ABA CEELI); and for eight years at Human Rights Watch, as a researcher, as director of advocacy and, ultimately, as executive director of its Europe and Central Asia Division. Ms. Andersen began her legal career in clerkships with Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and with Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is an expert in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, and has taught these subjects as an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Andersen received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College, as well as a on the governing and advisory boards of several international non-profit organizations.

Desmond Arias, Director, George Mason University Peace Operations Policy Program


Desmond Arias is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the School of Policy, Government, and InternationalAffairs at George Mason University. His research focuses on security and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: Trafficking, Social Networks, and Public Security published by the University of North Carolina Press and is co-editor of Violent Democracies in Latin America published by Duke University Press. His writing has appeared in Comparative Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Latin American Studies, Policing and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Latin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and the Revista de Estudios Socio-Juridicos. He is currently writing a book on the impact of gangs and other armed groups on politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , Medellín, Colombia , and Kingston, Jamaica. United States Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Open Society Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation have provided funding for his research. In addition to his scholarship, he has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UNHabitat). As part of his work with these last two organizations, Professor Arias was the principal author of the United Nations Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space.

David Beer, former UN Police Commissioner MINUSTAH & RCMP Officer

The former UN Police Commissioner in Haiti for the United Nations Stabilization Mission Haiti (MINUSTAH). The force, led by Brazil, supported the government’s campaign to repress Lavalas supporters, accompanying police raids into pro-Lavalas neighborhoods. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer David Beer has previously assisted in counterinsurgency efforts against Iraqi guerrillas. 

Christine Clough, Program Manager, GFI

Christine Clough is a Program Manager at Global Financial Integrity (GFI). Prior to joining GFI, Christine was employed most recently at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, working with Congress, Federal agencies, and the White House to advocate for the needs and critical role of small business in the U.S. economy. Christine also has experience working on terrorism and homeland security at think-tanks in Washington, DC

Christine has a BA in International Relations and Economics from Connecticut College and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

James Cockayne, Head of Office for United Nations University

James Cockayne is Head of Office for United Nations University in New York. A strategist, international lawyer and writer,  he focuses on the role of non-state armed groups in the international arena. He was Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute and then Co-Director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, leading their work in New York and Africa. Earlier, Mr Cockayne served as Principal Legal Officer in the Transnational Crime and Extradition Units in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department; as Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice; and also as a civil society member of the multistakeholder group that established an oversight mechanism for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers. 

Mr Cockayne has at various times been a consultant and adviser to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the World Bank, the Center on Humanitarian Dialogue, International Alert, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Forum, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, and the Global Leadership Forum.

William Dutch, Senior Associate, The Stimson Center

Dr. William J. Durch is co-director of Stimson's Future of Peace Operations program. Prior to joining Stimson in 1990, Durch served as a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, as a research fellow at the Harvard Center for Science and International Affairs, and as assistant director of the Defense and Arms Control Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Since joining Stimson, he has been seconded as a scientific adviser to the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and served as project director for the landmark Panel on United Nations Peace Operations. Durch also serves as a consultant to the International Forum on Challenges of Peace Operations and for the United Nations on projects focused on improving the effectiveness of peacekeeping at headquarters and in the field. He has taught courses on international organization and peacekeeping at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. 

Durch holds a Ph.D from MIT (Political Science/Defense Studies), an M.A. from George Washington University, and BSFS from Georgetown University.

Michael Dziedzic, Vice President, Pax Advisory & Fellow at the World Engagement Institute

Dr. Michael Dziedzic is a retired Air Force veteran with two decades of experience in the international civil-military and stabilization field. His career has blended the worlds of theory and practice. His scholarly positions have included Professor at the Air Force Academy, the National War College, and Georgetown University. He has served as a Senior Fellow and Senior Program Officer at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Institute for National Strategic Studies, and US Institute of Peace. His field experience includes postings in societies emerging from protracted conflict, including El Salvador, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He publications include works that have shaped the way the U.S. approaches peace and stability operations. Policing the New World Disorder identified a recurring “public security gap” in international interventions that led to the creation of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units in Vicenza, Italy. Quest for Viable Peace proposed that “conflict transformation” is the essence of the transition from war to sustainable peace. This concept was adopted by the State Department’s Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization as the paradigm for U.S. strategic planning and was incorporated into the US Army Field Manual 3-07 on Stability Operations. His forthcoming work, Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structures, provides ten case studies and an extensive toolkit that demonstrate how to respond effectively to criminalized power structures--the most prominent spoiler of peace and stability operations. He specializes in issues of international peace and stability operations, the rule of law, transnational security threats, and strategic planning. He is a Fellow at the World Engagement Institute.

A graduate of the USAF Academy, Dziedzic received his PhD in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Giorgio Giaimo, Italian Carabinieri Officer, UN Standing Police Capacity Public Order Adviser

Giorgio Giaimo is an Italian Carabinieri Officer and has been serving as UN FPU coordinator of the Police Division in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations since September 2008 till 2012 and currently since 2012 is the UN Standing Police Capacity Public Order Adviser. Giorgio Giaimo joined the United Nations after a 29 years career in the “Arma dei Carabinieri” during which he had wide experience at national and international level.  Recently was deployed to South Sudan to support the UN Mission Leadership in developing Mission Crowd Control Capabilities.

Before joining the UN, Giorgio Giaimo was assigned to the CoESPU (Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units) as the Head of the Chair of Peace Support Operations from October 2005 and August 2008. CoESPU is an international training centre and doctrinal hub and it is part of a G8 project mainly supported by Italy and US to increase police capabilities for further deployment in Peacekeeping Operations.

Before that Giorgio Giaimo served in different branches of Carabinieri.

Among the International activities beyond the UN Headquarters experience Giorgio Giaimo had the following experiences:

UN-IPTF ( International Police Task Force)  mission in Bosnia in 1998/1999;

Chief of Staff NATO-MSU ( Multinational Specialized Unit )  in Bosnia in 2001;

Project Officer of different international exercises ( LIVEX and CPX led by EU and Italy which included the deployment of police components in Peace Support Operations);

Chief of Staff of the MSU deployed in Iraq within the framework of the International Coalition led by US in 2004;

Planner for the deployment of EUFOR in Bosnia (Brussels and Sarajevo).

Furthermore he contributed with training provided by different International Institute and Organizations, inter alia, the Marshall Center in Germany, ITC (International Training Center) in Hungary, CEPOL courses held in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy, Italian Army Study Center for Post Conflict Operations and he also contributed with the development of international master In Peacekeeping led by different Italian Universities.

Ameerah Haq, UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support & Vice Chair and member of the UN High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations

Ms. Ameerah Haq became the Head of the Department of Field Support on 11 June 2012, following the departure of Under-Secretary-General Susana Malcorra. 

Since 2009, Ms. Haq (Bangladesh) was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). 

She has previously held the positions of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General as well as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan and before that as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan. 

Ms. Haq brings to the position extensive management and operational experience at the senior level, supporting complex mission deployments and transition activities, including crisis management. 

She was formerly Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau of Crisis Prevention & Recovery, at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Headquarters in New York. 

She served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Malaysia from 1994 to 1997 and in the same capacity in Laos from 1991 to 1994.

Ms. Haq worked in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP Headquarters in various capacities from 1980-1990, which included responsibilities for aid coordination mechanisms and as Desk Officer for Thailand, Myanmar and Bhutan. She also had an assignment with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) from 1985 to 1987. She started her career in 1976 as a Junior Professional Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia and was transferred to Afghanistan as Assistant Resident Representative in 1978.

Ms. Haq has overall 37 years of United Nations career service (19 in the field and 18 at headquarters) and is a seasoned and skilled negotiator as well as consensus-builder. 

Ms. Haq holds master's degrees in community organization and planning and in business administration from Columbia University and New York University, respectively. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Western College in Oxford, Ohio. Ms. Haq has two children.

Michael E. Hartmann, Chief of the Rule of Law Unit at UNAMA

Michael E. Hartmann, Chief of the Rule of Law Unit at UNAMA, has more than 35 years of professional experience as a California and international attorney and prosecutor, including managing and mentoring prosecutors, rule of law attorneys and projects, and leading law reforms and justice capacity-building programmes.  He began his 18 years in international justice in 1996 as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, and in 1997 left the San Francisco public prosecutor for post-conflict Bosnia & Herzegovina for three years including UNMIBH.  In 2000 he joined peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, for five years as UNMIK’s first international prosecutor; Afghanistan, for five years with UNAMA, UNODC and US State/INL’s JSSP.  Since 2010 Mr. Hartmann has worked and lived for a year or more  in Indonesia, advising the Attorney General’s Office;  in South Sudan, as UNMISS’ Chief of Rule of Law; in the Solomon Islands, as RAMSI’s transitional justice mentor and Senior Crown Prosecutor at the High Court for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.  He returned to UNAMA in September 2013. 

For UNMIK and RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands) he has investigated, prosecuted and appealed cases of international humanitarian law (IHL) and other serious crimes such as terrorism, political assassination, grand corruption, rape, and organized crime, within the national justice systems of Kosovo and the Solomon Islands. 

Mr. Hartmann graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley Law School (JD) and UCLA (BA).  He has had senior residential fellowships with the US Institute of Peace and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and was adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley Law, UC Hastings and USF Law School.  He has trained prosecutors, judges and attorneys in 16 US states, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands, and in multiple visits to Yemen, Turkey, Egypt, and India, among others. 

Stephen Stedman, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies & Professor at Stanford University

Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University.  

In 2011-12 Professor Stedman served as the Director for the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy, and Security, a body of eminent persons tasked with developing recommendations on promoting and protecting the integrity of elections and international electoral assistance. The Commission is a joint project of the Kofi Annan Foundation and International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization that works on international democracy and electoral assistance. In 2003-04 Professor Stedman was Research Director of the United Nations High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change and was a principal drafter of the Panel’s report, A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility. In 2005 he served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary- General of the United Nations, with responsibility for working with governments to adopt the Panel’s recommendations for strengthening collective security and for implementing changes within the United Nations Secretariat, including the creation of a Peacebuilding Support Office, a Counter Terrorism Task Force, and a Policy Committee to act as a cabinet to the Secretary-General.  His most recent book, with Bruce Jones and Carlos Pascual, is Power and Responsibility: Creating International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats (Washington DC: Brookings Institution, 2009).

Julie Werbel is the Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, USAID DCHA Bureau

Julie Werbel is the Senior Security Sector Reform (SSR) Advisor in the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureau.  She provides advice and guidance on security sector governance, rule of law, civilian policing, civil-military relations, and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) to foreign partners and the U.S. Government (USG).  She is the author of several U.S. Government policies and papers on SSR.  Previously, Ms. Werbel was a Principal at DFI Government Services, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm. At DFI, she conducted analyses for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) relating to political-military strategy, civil-military relations, NATO enlargement, and stability operations. In particular, she assisted OSD with the development of its strategy for sub-Saharan Africa and with a review of African military capabilities for peacekeeping.  From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Werbel led the contractor design team to establish the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS).  She served as the Center’s first Director of Participant and External Affairs from 1999-2001.  Her career also includes service in the Peace Corps and for the New York-based Conference Board. Ms. Werbel earned a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.