Jarat Chopra

May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Jarat Chopra

Peacemaintenance International

Jarat Chopra is currently President of Peacemaintenance International, which specializes in ground assessments, and planning and implementation of conventional and unconventional peace operations. In addition, over the last year, he has managed the Somalia and Eritrea country programmes for the World Bank as its Senior Advisor. In this capacity, he co-chaired with the UN the overarching aid framework and coordination body, and drafted the latest World Bank strategy for Somalia. He was previously a member of the UN Security Council’s Somalia Monitoring Group, investigating threats to peace and security and obstruction of humanitarian assistance. He had also undertaken the UN’s first-ever Strategic Assessment to formulate a system-wide strategy for Somalia comprising political, security, humanitarian and development elements.

Earlier, in the Middle East, he served as Director-General of the International Transition Assistance Group (ITAG) that facilitated the security arrangements for the transfer of the Gaza Strip/Northern West Bank from the Government of Israel to the Palestinian Authority. He was also Chief Monitor of the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) for the Quartet Roadmap to a two-state solution, as well as Legal Counsel for Palestine before the International Court of Justice in the Wall case, and Principal Advisor on third party intervention during the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. In East Timor, he was a planner of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and Head of the Office of District Administration, responsible for re-establishing the administration of 13 districts.

He was a faculty member at the Watson Institute, Brown University, from 1990 to 2007, and served as Director of its International Relations Program. He was also Director of the Ford Foundation-funded project on “Peace-Maintenance Operations” (that pioneered operational concepts for multi-dimensional missions and exercising political authority in transitional administration) and Assistant Director of the project on “Second Generation Multinational Forces” (that pioneered operational concepts for the multinational use of force). He is the author of a number of publications, including Peace-Maintenance: The Evolution of International Political Authority, and editor of The Politics of Peace-Maintenance. He has participated in or assessed a number of peace operations in the field, including in Sri Lanka, Namibia, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Somalia, Western Sahara, El Salvador, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia, Moldova, Tajikistan and East Timor.

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