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Analysis That Matters
An audio Q&A with political scientist Brendan O'Leary on his service as United Nations advisor.
October 29, 2010
Peter Nichols and Christopher Abreu
In September, Lauder Professor of Political Science Brendan O'Leary returned to campus from a year's leave, during which he served as Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing for the Mediation Support Unit in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. He was part of the Standby Team, which could be dispatched on 72 hours notice to trouble spots around the world.
The director of the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict, O'Leary has long combined his academic career with political advising. His expertise in national and ethnic conflict and power-sharing were sought during the peace process that ended the conflict in Northern Ireland, and he has been a national constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. O'Leary calls his advisory work "analysis that matters" because it allows him to apply his expertise to resolving very difficult, often life-or-death, situations.
In this audio Q&A O'Leary talks about what it was like to be on standby for the U.N.'s worldwide conflict-mediation efforts.
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