Cedric de Coning
Advisor: Peacekeeping & Peacebuilding
Cedric de Coning is research fellow at the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He is a special advisor to the Head of the AU's Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) and has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to the UN's Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Board. He has served as a South African diplomat in Washington D.C. and Addis Ababa, as an election observer with the AU in Ethiopia, Sudan and Algeria, and as a civilian peacekeeper with the UN in Timor Leste and in New York. He works on peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and has a special interest in the application of complexity theory to conflict management & international relations. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch.
He is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI). He is a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Crisis Management Centre Finland (CMC Finland), a member of the UNICEF Advisory Group on their 'Education in Peacebuilding' project, and a member of the UNEP Senior Expert Review Group for their 'Greening the Blue: Peacekeeping, Natural Resources and the Environment' report.
Recent publications include: "Moving Beyond the Technical: Facing up to Peacebuilding's Inherent Contradictions", African Security Review, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2011; "Coherence & Coordination: The Limits of the Comprehensive Approach" (with Karsten Friis), Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol. 15, Nos. 1-2, 2011; and the Civilian Dimension of the African Standby Force, African Union, 2010 (with Yvonne Kasumba).