Expert Profile



Ms Zara Jarvinen
Position(s) Independent Expert, PhD Politics Candidate

Zara Järvinen has worked for over a decade in the fields of conflict resolution, humanitarian aid, development, and security and justice sector reform. Prior to joining GCSP, she served in Baghdad as Head of Civil Society Initiatives at the International Commission for Missing Persons, where her unit supported multitrack dialogue on justice reform in the context of ongoing mass grave exhumations and criminal investigations into ISIL/Da’esh. A pooled civilian crisis management expert for the European Union External Action Service, she has served in political/stabilization missions in Georgia (ceasefire monitoring), Honduras (elections), and Palestine, where she managed a police/security sector reform programme. Among others, she has worked as Peacebuilding Adviser on Preventing Violent Extremism and Non-State Armed Groups at International Alert; and worked on governance, decentralization and social cohesion at the United Nations Development Programme in Iraq. She has particular background in analyzing conflict, geopolitics and peace, and has led and conducted field research in various hotspots around the world. Since 2012 her work has gravitated around Iraq and the wider Levant region. Zara is a PhD Politics Candidate at Durham University School of Government and International Affairs in the UK. She was a Harvard Visiting Fellow in 2018, situated between the Kennedy School of Government and the Lancet Commission on Syria project at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Centre for Health and Human Rights. Her PhD research focuses on normative challenges in proxy warfare and paramilitary operations, examining issues in State oversight and accountability when partnering with non-state armed groups. Her papers on Iraq and the Middle East have been published via the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Routledge.


Participating in upcoming course/event
16 June 2021