ACUNS is proud to announce the appointment of Lorraine Elliott (Chair-Elect), Thomas Biersteker, Margaret Karns, and Francesco Mancini  to the Board of Directors for three-year terms, effective June 2014.


Chair-Elect: Lorraine Elliott


Lorraine Elliott is Professor of International Relations in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. She has previously held appointment as Reader in International Relations at the University of Warwick in the UK and has held visiting appointments at the University of Oxford (Balliol College), the London School of Economics, the Free University of Amsterdam, the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the University of Sheffield. She is the author or editor of 6 books and more than 80 refereed journal articles, book chapters and working papers in three overlapping areas of endeavour: global governance including the UN system; global and regional (Asia Pacific) environmental politics; and non-traditional security including human security. Her work has been funded by grants from the Australian Research Council, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, the Japan Foundation, the US Institute of Peace and the Canadian Government.

Professor Elliott served on the ACUNS Board from 2009 to 2012. During this time she was a member of the governance committee and the dissertation award committee. She has presented on and chaired panels at the ACUNS annual meetings, contributed to the ACUNS newsletter, been an ACUNS delegate to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and participated in ACUNS-sponsored side-events.

Professor Elliott is also a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the international advisory board for the One World Trust. She is a Vice President of the Executive Committee of the International Studies Association Asia Pacific region. She also contributes to capacity building and professional development activities for younger scholars, having undertaken such roles in Australia, Indonesia, the UK and Japan including with the European Consortium on Political Research, and the United Nations University.


Board Member: Thomas Biersteker


Thomas Biersteker is the Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Conflict Studies and Director of the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, since 2007. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.A. from the University of Chicago. Biersteker served as Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University from 1994 to 2006 and has also taught at Yale University and the University of Southern California. In 2002 he was named a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. Biersteker is the author/editor/co-editor of nine books, including State Sovereignty as Social Construct (1996),The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (2002), and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (2007). He is currently completing an edited volume on UN Targeted Sanctions as Instruments of Global Governance. His current research focuses on UN targeted sanctions, the emergence of transnational policy networks in global security governance, and the dialectics of world orders. He was the principal developer of SanctionsApp, a tool for iPhone and Android mobile devices created in 2013 to increase access to information and improve the quality of discourse about targeted sanctions at the UN Security Council. At present Biersteker serves as ACUNS liaison officer in Geneva, and he has been co-director of an ACUNS summer workshop. The ACUNS Board of Directors would profit from the UN and NGO links at his location in Geneva and his long experience of academic institution building in the US and Europe.


Board Member: Margaret Karns


Margaret P. Karns is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Dayton, first director of the International Studies Program, and the founding director of the University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs from 1983 to 1995.  With Karen Mingst of the University of Kentucky she has published three books:  International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (2nd ed., 2010), The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence (1990) and The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era (4th ed., 2012) as well as numerous articles on the United States and the United Nations, UN peacekeeping, the roots of post-conflict peacebuilding, global governance, and the future of the UN system.

During 1995-96, Professor Karns was Visiting Professor of International Relations at the John Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. She returned to Asia in 1998 to teach a training course on “Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations System” for Vietnamese officials at The Institute of International Relations in Hanoi and again in May 2006 to lecture and serve as a consultant to the International Studies program at National University of Vietnam in Hanoi. In April 2007, she co-taught a workshop for thirty Vietnamese faculty in international relations on “International Relations since the Cold War’s End” with Professor Karen Mingst.  She is a past Vice President of International Studies Association, a national member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, and long-time board member and past President of the Dayton Council on World Affairs.

Since moving to North Andover, MA in 2012, Professor Karns has become an External Faculty Fellow of the Center on Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has taught a graduate seminar on “Evolving Global Governance” at UMB and given guest lectures at the University of New Hampshire.


Board Member: Francesco Mancini

oie_15221536jViTxHF3.jpgFrancesco Mancini is currently Senior Director of Research at the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he teaches a graduate-­‐level seminar in conflict assessment. At IPI, Francesco develops and leads the research agenda, is in charge of quality control of research outputs, manages research staff, and fundraises. His research focuses on conflict analysis, conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. He also leads IPI’s largest program that works on strengthening the United Nations’ response capacity to crises and conflict. Francesco has conducted numerous projects related to the role of the United Nations in the area of international peace and security, including on coordination, learning, and leadership in peace operations, on the challenges of partnership in peacekeeping, and on the role of the Department of Political Affairs in mediation. He has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone and Liberia on UN peace operations, worked on police reform in Jamaica and spent time in Cyprus working on the mediation process for the reunification of the island. He has supervised the first large-­‐n quantitative analysis of compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions in armed conflict. In the last three years, he has also been advising the Secretary-­‐General’s UN Change Implementation Team, led by the Assistant Secretary-­‐General Kim Won-­‐soo, on the ongoing UN reform process.

He has published extensively on UN-­‐related issues, including the edited volume The Management of Peacekeeping. Coordination, Learning, and Leadership in the UN Peace Operations (Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner, forthcoming); the first-­‐ever Management Handbook for UN Field Missions (International Peace Institute, 2012); “Partnerships – A New Horizon for Peacekeeping?, Special Issue of the journal International Peacekeeping (Vol. 18, No. 5, Nov. 2012); and the edited volume Security & Development: Searching for Critical Connections (Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner, 2010), with Michael Lund and Necla Tschirgi. He is currently working on a chapter on the UN Security Council’s role in democracy promotion for the forthcoming edited volume by David Malone on the UN Security Council. His most recent publication is the edited collection of case studies New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict.

Francesco oversees and regularly contributes to the website, which he launched in September 2011. He recently appeared in the media as a commentator on the UN-­‐Arab League-­‐led efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the Syrian civil war and on Iran’s nuclear talks.

Francesco was educated at Bocconi in Milan, his hometown, and Columbia Universities. He served as management consultant at the French Group CRCI in France, Italy, and Morocco in the 1990s. Francesco also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for two years at New York University.