IDIG Speaker Series - Dr An Jacobs and Dr Norma Rossi

LDN.3.23, Loughborough University London

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The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance has organised a Speaker Series to bring together a mix of academics and practitioners discuss issues relating to diplomacy, foreign policy and international governance.

Dr An Jacobs from Nottingham Trent University and Dr Norma Rossie from Sandhurst Academty will be exploring conflict resolution and peace building on Thursday 20 February 2020 in a public lecture for the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance.

About Dr An Jacobs

Dr An Jacobs is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University. Until recently, she was a Senior Lecturer in Security and Defence at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, where she supported officer education in the British Army. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London, and she is on the editorial board of Parameters, the US Army War College Quarterly.

Her research interests include the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), Security Sector Reform (SSR) in conflict-affected environments, operational aspects of peacebuilding, the value of higher education in post-conflict resolution, actor-based approaches in international conflict management, and military education, and she has a particular interest in African security issues. Her research is informed by her operational experience as a Political Advisor in EULEX Kosovo, her work at the Royal Military Academy (as well as several military academies overseas), and fieldwork in various conflict-affected environments in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. She is passionate about bridging research, policy and practice. She recently provided oral evidence to the House of Lords’ EU External Affairs Sub-Committee on its enquiry ‘Brexit: CSDP missions’.

About Dr Norma Rossi

Dr Norma Rossi is a Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She studied in Rome and Paris and received her PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading on an Earhart Foundation fellowship. Her research interests lie at the intersection between political theory, international political sociology, and postcolonialism with a specific focus on war and security.

Dr Rossi has published on the political character of organised crime and its relation to statebuilding, the impact of counter-organised crime measures on states’ practices and discourses on security, the changing character of war, and the value of higher education in conflict resolution. Norma is passionate about bridging teaching and research and she has co-designed and delivered International Conflict Management courses to civilian and security officials in North Africa, the Middle East, South America, the Balkans, and the Caucasus, where she also conducted field research.

Most recently, Dr Rossi has provided academic advice on the Army Field Manual (AFM) Tactics for Stability Operations and has been an expert speaker for the International Officer Academies conference on “Managing Adaptation and Professional Development”. She is co-founder and Series Editor of the Sandhurst Trends in International Conflict (Howgate Publishing) and Associate of the Centre for Advanced International Theory (University of Sussex).