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Photo Credit: Women wait for food aid in Afgoye, Somalia, April 2009, courtesy of Tobin Jones/UN Photo.

Marc Sommers is an internationally recognized youth, peacebuilding, gender, education, conflict, countering violent extremism (CVE) and development expert. He also is a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security.

For nearly three years, Dr. Sommers worked as a Senior Conflict Advisor for the Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the U.S. Department of State, providing conflict analysis and peacebuilding advice for Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Mozambique, South Sudan, youth issues, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Atrocities Prevention, and DDR. He now is on temporary assignment for CSO, making two trips to Djibouti to serve as Senior Research Advisor on CVE and youth issues for IGAD.

Dr. Sommers’ eighth book, The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa, received the 2017 Jackie Kirk Award and Honorable Mention for the 2016 Senior Book Prize. In this lecture, Dr. Sommers will discuss his book followed by an open discussion.

Moderator: Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Acting IAfS Director & Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University