Viola is CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Researcher in the Central African Republic. Based in Bangui, she leads the organization’s work on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Over the last year, Viola’s research focused on protection activities conducted by the Mission through community engagement. Currently, her research on Early Warning and Rapid Response mechanisms explores the Mission’s ability to assess emerging threats to civilians and to adapt to implement preventive responses.

Before joining CIVIC, Viola served within the Joint Mission Analysis Center (JMAC) of MINUSCA, providing analysis and recommendations for the Mission’s leadership and decision-making processes. During this time, she worked as a Desk Officer for the Centre East and Center and successively led thematic research on regional affairs, as well as arms trafficking and proliferation in CAR. Viola’s previous experience in peacebuilding and humanitarian disarmament includes field program support at Interpeace and research & advocacy at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Viola holds an MA in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy from the University of Sussex and an MA in Philosophy from San Raffaele University.