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Dr. Michael Aeby

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  • Researcher  


Michael Aeby joined IPTI to work on a comparative research project on the implementation of peace agreements. He holds a Ph.D. and MA from the University of Basel, where he specialized in African history and peace research, and a BA in history from the University of Fribourg. With transitional governance and regional conflict management as his lead themes, Michael’s research background and publications focus on the implementation of post-conflict transitions, power-sharing, institutional reform, mediation, and regional security, as well as civil society and peacebuilding. His geographical expertise relates to the Southern African region, in particular Zimbabwe and South Africa. Before joining IPTI, Michael worked as a Researcher at Swisspeace in the Statehood Programme. During his Ph.D., Michael was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Political Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand, the History Department of the University of Zimbabwe, and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. He also completed an internship at the Democracy and Governance Programme of the South African Human Science Research Council. 

Selected Publications:

  • "Making an Impact from the Margins? Civil Society Groups in Zimbabwe’s Interim Power-Sharing Process." The Journal of Modern African Studies 54, no. 4 (2016): 703-28. Link.
  •  "Stability and Sovereignty at the Expense of Democracy? The Sadc Mediation Mandate for Zimbabwe, 2007–2013." African Security 10, no. 3-4 (2017): 272-91. Link.