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Mr. Robert Forster

(Former employee or visitor)

Education/Academic qualification

2012Master in Science, University of Edinburgh
2008Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington

Area of Expertise

Research expertisePeace processes and peace agreements, Inclusion in peacebuilding, Regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa


Robert Forster is a Research Analyst for the DFID-funded Political Settlements Research Programme. His primary responsibility is developing the Peace Agreements Access Tool (PA-X), as part of the programme's Peace Processes project team and Negotiating Peace research theme. He is also a researcher for the UN Women project 'Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region', focussing in particular on gender and inclusion in peace processes, as well as peace process dynamics.

His research examines dynamics in conflict resolution processes particularly in the MENA region. Areas of particular interest include the negotiation of interim governance structures and legalisation of political transitions; the content, form and procedures of ceasefire arrangements and peacebuilding on the local level.

Robert has published articles on the with Middle East Journal and Middle East Policy, in addition to co-authoring book chapters on constituting interim governance (forthcoming, Routledge) and the invocation of God in peace agreements (forthcoming, Wiley Blackwell).

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