Susanne Schmeidl is the co-founder and head of research/peacebuilding of The Liaison Office (TLO) in Afghanistan. She is also a visiting fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University and non-resident research associate at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has worked on Afghanistan since 2000 and managed the swisspeace office in Kabul between 2002 and 2005 supporting civil society development and civilian peacebuilding mainly through the Afghan Civil Society Forum, which she also co-founded. Her work experience span the sectors of academia/university, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations and has combined academic analysis and practice in the areas of civilian peacebuilding, early warning and conflict prevention.
Susanne holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University and has written over 40 research publications in the areas of early warning/conflict prevention, civilian peacebuilding/state building, protracted displacement, civilian protection, human security, gender and civil society.
- “Engaging traditional justice mechanisms in Afghanistan: State-building opportunity or dangerous liaison?” in Whit Mason (ed.), The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Casualties of Myopia, Cambridge University Press.
- “Für eine Handvoll Dollar: Versöhnung und Reintegration in Afghanistan.” In Wissenschaft & Frieden 3:2010; with Nick Miszak
- Beyond the Blanket: Towards more Effective Protection for Internally Displaced Persons in Southern Afghanistan, a Joint Report of the Brookings/Bern Project on Internal Displacement and The Liaison Office, Washington D.C.: The Brookings Institution.
- “Strangers at the Door: Night Raids by International Forces Lose Hearts and Minds of Afghans”; The Open Society Institute’s Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan and Pakistan; Kabul: The Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Liaison Office, with Erica Gaston and Jonathan Horowitz;
- * “Until you get the wrong Ahmad…” Afghanistan Analysts Network, Blog on detention in Afghanistan
- * “Who Guards the Guardians? The Protection of Civilians in Afghanistan” Pp.152-156 in Afghanistan, 1979-2009: In the Grip of Conflict, Viewpoints Special Edition; Washington, DC: The Middle East Institute.
- * “Repatriation to Afghanistan: durable solution or responsibility shifting?”Forced Migration Review, Issue 33 (September 2009) Protracted Displacement.
- * “One Reason You Shouldn't Go to Afghanistan With a Beard: Your facial hair says something about you in Afghanistan -- especially if you're a foreign soldier” Foreign Policy, 3 November 2009, with Anthony Bubalo.
- * “The Failure to Protect: Battle-Affected IDPs in Southern Afghanistan” The Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement/The Liaison Office; with Alexander Mundt.
- * “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Return of Internally Displaced Persons to Northern Afghanistan” The Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement/The Liaison Office. 01 June 2009; with Alexander Mundt and Shafiqullah Ziai.
- “The Role of Non-State Actors in 'Community-Based Policing' - An Exploration of the Arbakai (Tribal Police) in South-Eastern Afghanistan,” Contemporary Security Policy, Vol.30(2):318-342; with Masood Karokhail
- “Displacement, Human Development, and Security in Afghanistan” Pp.8-22 in Hady Amr (Ed.) Displacement in the Muslim World: A Focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington DC: Saban Center at The Brookings Institution; with Khalid Koser.
- * “Pret-a-Porter States: How the McDonalidization of State-Building misses the Mark in Afghanistan” Pp.67-76 in Martina Fischer and Beatrix Schmelzle (eds.) Building Peace in the Absence of States: Challenging the Discourse on State Failure. Berlin: Berghof Research Center; with Masood Karokhail.
- “The ‘Undoing of Gender Inequalities’ in Traditional Societies – The Example of Post-Conflict Afghanistan.” Pp.71-93 in Christine Eifler/ Ruth Seifert (eds.) Gender Dynamics and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Berlin, New York, Vienna: Peter Lang Verlag.
- “When nobody guards the guards: The quest to regulate private security companies in Afghanistan.” Sicherheit und Frieden/Security and Peace 4/2008; with Steve Brooking
- The Case of the Afghan Refugee Population: Finding Durable Solutions in Contested Transitions.” Pp.131-179 in Howard Adelman (ed.) Protracted Displacement in Asia: No Place to Call Home. Ashgate Publishers; with William Maley
- “Collaborating with Religious Actors in Afghanistan,” Pp.20-31 in Rolle und Bedeutung von Religion und Spiritualität in der Entwicklungs-zusammenarbeit/Role and Meaning of Religion and Spirituality in Development-Cooperation. Berne: Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation.
- “Case Study Afghanistan – Who Guards the Guardians?” Pp.14-45 in Private Security Companies and Local Populations. An exploratory study of Afghanistan and Angola. Swisspeace report, November 2007 (with contributions to introduction and conclusion).
- “Civil Society and State-Building in Afghanistan.” Pp.102-127 in Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber and Robert Finn (eds.) Building State and Security in Afghanistan. Princeton University: Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) Study series.
- “The Emperor’s New Cloth: The Unravelling of Peacebuilding in Afghanistan.” Friedens-Warte – Journal of International Peace and Organizations 1-2(2007):69-86.
- “Integration of Traditional Structures into the State-building Process: Lessons from the Tribal Liaison Office in Loya Paktia.” Pp. 59-79 in Publication Series on Promoting Democracy under Conditions of State Fragility. Issue 1: Afghanistan. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation; with Masood Karokhail;
(* = short piece)