Lauren is the Sr. Peacekeeping Researcher for CIVIC. She has four years of experience in refugee resettlement in Africa, where she was deployed to UNHCR offices throughout the continent to interview civilians fleeing conflict. Lauren has worked as a researcher for the World Peace Foundation, Conflict Dynamics International, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Humanitarian Evidence Program at the Feinstein International Center.

#GenderInConflict: Staffing Gender Posts to Strengthen Peacekeeping Missions

The following video is one piece in a collection on our VOICES blog focused on the gendered experience in conflict and how gender differences should factor into the protection of civilians.   In many of the countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed, gender-based violence (GBV) and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) are taking place at significant levels…

Data-Driven Protection: Linking Threat Analysis to Planning in UN Peacekeeping Operations

Data-Driven Protection: Linking Threat Analysis to Planning in UN Peacekeeping Operations examines the challenges and gaps that UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face when conducting threat analysis and using it as the basis of integrated Mission action. The report reviews how information is collected, stored, shared, analyzed,…

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #33 Policy and Peacekeeping in South Sudan with Trevor Keck and Lauren Spink

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC in Washington’s Deputy Head of Communications Trevor Keck and Lauren Spink, the Center for Civilians in Conflict Peacekeeping Advisor. Trevor recently returned from a brief mission to South Sudan and Lauren is headed out to the country this week. We took the opportunity to chat with…