American University, MA (International Relations)
Temple University, BA (History)
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|Patricia Taft rejoined The Fund for Peace in December 2010 to direct the Center for the Study of Threat Convergence. Prior to returning to FfP, she was based in Kampala, Uganda where she served as a legal advisor to the Government of Uganda on war crimes prosecution and Uganda’s case before the International Criminal Court. From 2003-2008, Ms. Taft was a Senior Associate in the Peace and Stability Operations and Foreign Policy Programs with FfP, conducting research on five continents on the political will and military capacities of regional organizations and their member states to intervene in humanitarian emergencies and undertake peacekeeping operations. She also directed the Threat Convergence Project, leading research missions to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Latin America that explored the risks of nuclear proliferation by terrorist and criminal entities operating in weak states and zones of competing governance. Ms. Taft has published numerous reports and articles on peace and stability operations, threat convergence risks, and weak and failed states. She is also a co-editor and author in “Peace Operations: Trends, Progress, and Prospects,” published by Georgetown University Press in June of 2008.
Before joining the Fund for Peace, Ms. Taft served as research associate and advisor at the United States Institute of Peace, where she conducted
research on the role of stability police in peace operations and the rise of the Al Qaeda terrorist network in South Asia. She has also served as a guest lecturer and affiliated expert to the United States Marine Corps University at Quantico, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and American University’s School of International Service.