Conor Seyle

Peace Research Director
Conor Seyle
Position: Director
Expertise: Business and Peace, Global Governance, Maritime Security Governance, Post-Traumatic Conflict Recovery, Responsibility to Protect

Conor Seyle is a political psychologist and holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Texas. At OEF Research, his work focuses on questions of how non-state actors support peace or conflict, transnational governance structure, and the long-term impact of conflict and mass trauma on survivors. Previously, Conor worked with a number of NGOs interested in good governance and the impact of mass traumas including the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Issues Deliberation Australia/America, and Psychology Beyond Borders. He has also worked on deliberative democracy initiatives including the National Issues Forums and Americans Discuss Social Security, and is a FEMA-approved trainer for the Crisis Counseling Program (the US governmental response to mass traumatic events).


Publications

Business can support Responsibility to Protect

How Business Can Support the Responsibility to Protect

Written by Conor Seyle on November 29, 2016

A major contribution to the prevention and cessation of mass atrocities was the development of the “Responsibility to Protect” as a formal commitment by United Nations member states.

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Business and R2P

The Role of Business in the Responsibility to Protect

Written by Conor Seyle, John J. Forrer on November 4, 2016

In 2005 the member states of the UN committed to preventing and stopping the mass atrocity crimes of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.  This commitment was formally called the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), and

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The Power of Networks in Maritime Security Report Cover

The Power of Networks in Maritime Security: What the Fight Against Piracy Can Teach Us About Irregular Migration

Written by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on September 16, 2016

Addressing the developing crisis around irregular migration by sea will require international institutions to work quickly to address the humanitarian, practical, and legal challenges posed by irregular migration.  Applying lessons learned from the

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Seafarer Report

After the Release: The Long-Term Behavioral Impact of Piracy on Seafarers and Families

Written by Conor Seyle, Chirag Bahri, Kellie Brandt, Alexander Dimitrievich, Karina Fernandez, Tom Holmer, Niyati Malhotra on June 24, 2016

More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world.

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Non-State Actors in Maritime Security Policy Brief

Non-State Actors in Maritime Security

Written by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on August 27, 2015

As part of an ongoing lessons-learned project based on Oceans Beyond Piracy’s work with the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, OEF Research is documenting the potential role of non-state actors in maritime security.

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Strengthening Maritime Security

Non-State Actors in Maritime Security

Written by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on July 20, 2015

Non-state actors have a strong counter-piracy role for the maritime sector, potentially greater than the role they play in land-based problems.

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Maritime Piracy 2014

The State of Maritime Piracy 2014

Written by Conor Seyle, Matthew R. Walje, Kellie Brandt, Peter Kerins, Megan Matthews, Tyler Maybee on June 10, 2015

This report is the fifth in a series by Oceans Beyond Piracy with support from OEF Research.These reports annually seek to assess the cost of maritime piracy - both economic and human - to the international community.

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Why Govern? The Strategic, Functional, and Normative Logics of Global Governance

Written by Conor Seyle, Amitav Acharya, Blake Berger, Goueun Lee, Kate Tennis on September 28, 2014

Global governance is one of the most critical subjects in international relations scholarship and policymaking today.

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