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Lansana Gberie

Consultant, Open Society Initiative for West Africa

Lansana Gberie is a Consultant for OSIWA on UNGASS 2016. An academic and writer, Dr. Gberie has written extensively on conflict, conflict management, human rights and peacebuilding in Africa, including, most recently (as editor) Rescuing a Fragile State: Sierra Leone 2002-2008 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2009). He is also author of A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone (London: Hurst 2005). Dr. Gberie was awarded the ‘Outstanding Research Award’ by the Canadian government in 2002 for his work with Partnership Africa Canada on the Human Security and International Diamond Trade project; he and his colleagues were also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three senior US lawmakers for this work the following year.


Recent publications
  • Gberie, L. (2015). “Crime, Violence, and Politics: Drug Trafficking and Counternarcotics Policies in Mali and Guinea.” Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution.–Mali-and-Guinea-final.pdf?la=en
  • Gberie, L. (2015). War, Politics and Justice in West Africa: Essays 2003-2014. Accra: Sierra Leonean Writers Series
  • West Africa Commission on Drugs (2014). Not Just in Transit: Drugs, State and Society in West Africa. Dakar: West Africa Commission on Drugs
  • Gberie, L. (2005). A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press

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