Postdoctoral Fellow
United Nations University, Tokyo


Areas of Expertise

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the United Nations University – Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) in Tokyo. My fellowship is sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

My postdoctoral project examines why local involvement in rebuilding post-conflict societies sometimes fails to build lasting peace. I am particularly looking at re/building security, justice and reconciliation, and development. I am currently working on several journal publications related to this project and a book manuscript entitled “Liberal Renaissance in Peacebuilding.”

Recent Publications

Simangan, Dahlia. “Domino Effect of Negative Hybrid Peace in Kosovo’s Peacebuilding.” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, forthcoming.

Simangan, Dahlia. “A Detour in the Local Turn: Roadblocks in Timor-Leste’s Post-Conflict Peacebuilding.” Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 5, no. 2 (2017): 195-221.

Simangan, Dahlia. “Is the Philippine ‘War on Drugs’ an Act of Genocide?” Journal of Genocide Research, online October 17, 2017, doi: 10.1080/14623528.2017.1379939.

Simangan, Dahlia. “The Pitfalls of Local Involvement: Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste.” Peacebuilding 5, no. 3 (2017): 305-319, doi: 10.1080/21647259.2016.1273489.

Recent ACUNS Activity
Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting, “The UN at 70: Guaranteeing Security and Justice,”The Hague, Netherlands, June 2015

Podcast: Professional Development – Local Perspectives in the Research and Practice of Peacebuilding (April 2017)