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Dr. Christina Bache

Originally from Copperas Cove, Texas, my experience traveling and working in the U.S., Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey has shaped my understanding of the frameworks necessary to ensure people can live a life of dignity, free from fear and want. My work is multi-disciplinary, focusing on responsible business practices, livelihood security of vulnerable groups, forced migration, and the meaningful inclusion of women in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Currently, I am an Associate Researcher at the Center for Migration, Diversity, and Justice at the Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussels. From 2019-2021, I was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, IDEAS, and from 2018-2019, I was a visiting fellow with the Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies, the in-house think tank of the European People's Party.

From 2005-2018, I lived in Istanbul, Turkey, where I worked at the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University, and the Center for European and International Studies, Kadir Has University.

My academic contributions include teaching courses on the UN and Global Governance, Crisis Management, and International Organizations, advising students on the writing of their dissertations, contributing to research projects, editing colleagues' manuscripts, and conducting and presenting my research at conferences and academic journals. As a practitioner, I have conducted peace and conflict assessments and strategic evaluations in the fields of humanitarian assistance and development coordination for the International Labour Organisation, International Organization for Migration, European Parliament, German development agency (GIZ), SPARK, and Verite. In addition, I served as a civil society representative for the European Union’s working group on the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, contributed to a European Parliament-supported study on a progressive European foreign policy agenda, and co-wrote policy briefs on development, equity, and inclusion in development assistance for the Biden-Harris administration as a member of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS).

I have held pro bono roles, including as Chair of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace, Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group's Ambassador Council, Co-Founder of the Women in Foreign Policy Turkey Chapter, and Co-Administrator of the Syria Support Network. In addition, I am a member of the network of Academic Friends of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Hollings Center working groups on Profits to Peace, Iraq's Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges, and U.S.-Egypt Relations; Middle East Research Network on Internal Displacement; Migration, Business and Society; and Research Centre for Gender, Diversity, and Intersectionality, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in the U.K. My dissertation focused on the private sector's impact on human (economic) security and peace in fragile and conflict-affected states. In my case study, I delved into the Turkish private sector's impact on economic security and peace in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. I received my M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.

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