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Developing a Country, Developing a Career

MA, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2007

Home Country: South Africa


During her studies at the School of International Service, Jaclyn Burger focused on post-conflict peacebuilding in sub-Saharan Africa, processes and theories of state formation and consolidation in Africa, governance and institutional development, economics of violence and peace, natural resources and conflict, and instrumental violence in Africa.

By interning at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Project on Leadership and the Building of State Capacity, Burger not only was able to absorb the information the Center had to offer, but also received some background for her MA thesis, “Geographies of Violence and Geographies of Hope in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Investigating the Secessionist Deficit of the Congo War.”

Burger is currently a United Nations Volunteer and Political Affairs Officer in UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia).