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Asia Foundation’s Johann Rebert Chosen as University of Bristol’s Expert of the Month

Colombo, March 1, 2017 — Recently, The Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Sri Lanka Johann Rebert was chosen to serve as the University of Bristol UK’s peacebuilding expert of the month. In this capacity, Rebert will write a blog piece in the month of March and will be available to answer questions online. The expert of the month serves under the Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU CIVilian CAPabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP) project which will provide a comprehensive, comparative and multidisciplinary analysis of the European Union civilian capabilities for external conflict prevention and peacebuilding in order to identify the best civilian means to enhance these capabilities, and address existing shortfalls. Read his first blog piece here.

The EU-CIVCAP project will gather, synthesize, further develop and disseminate knowledge and learning on civilian conflict prevention and peacebuilding. This will be done through the creation of an expert network, engagement through social media, and the organization of dissemination events in different formats in this area. Each month the project has one expert who provides analysis of a related issue through a blog, and is available during the month to respond to questions and comments. You can follow Rebert’s comments on the blog here.

Rebert is a seasoned expert on issues of justice, security, and environment programs (including community policing and community mediation) in Sri Lanka. He is also involved in developing reconciliation-related programs. Rebert also has experience working for the peace-building organization International Alert, as Country Manager for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In this capacity, he managed projects designed to engage young parliamentarians and the Sri Lankan diaspora and researched aid effectiveness, political economy, and the impact of climate change on human security. He also holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from the Peace Studies Department of the University of Bradford, UK.

EU-CIVCAP is funded by the European Union and led out of the Global Insecurities Centre (GIC) in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol. The GIC leads a consortium of 10 institutions across eight different countries in Europe. 

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