Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
American University, MA (International Relations)
Temple University, BA (History)
English, Hungarian, Spanish
1720 I Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
E: ptaft@fundforpeace.org
T: +1 202 223 7940
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Patricia Taft is a Senior Associate and Program Director where she directs FFP’s research and policy work on countering transnational security threats posed by international criminal and terrorist networks. She also leads FFP’s prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) project in Nigeria, where we are working with civil society partners to combine existing local initiatives with technology to map incidents of violence against women and girls.
Since 2013, Ms. Taft has also served as a Senior Technical Advisor for Peacebuilding to the PIND Foundation in support of the Partners for Peace (P4P) network in the Niger Delta. She also leads a pilot project in Kenya that uses the Fragile States Index as a tool for dialogue with government officials and local civil society organizations on issues that undermine human security and state stability. She has led FFP’s early warning and conflict mitigation work in Liberia and has performed extensive field research in over 60 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe on the role of civil society and regional organizations in crisis response and prevention.
Ms. Taft first joined the Fund in 2003, departing in 2008 to serve for two years as a chief legal advisor to the government of Uganda on war crimes prosecution and its case before the International Criminal Court. She returned to the Fund in December 2010. Prior to FFP, Ms. Taft worked for the US Institute of Peace and the Public International Law and Policy Group on post-conflict security sector reform projects as well as the provision of guidance to several governments in Africa on constitutional and military reform. She has published numerous reports, articles, and opinion pieces on post-conflict legal and defense reform, peacebuilding and civil society engagement, and countering weak and fragile states.
She is a co-editor and author of “Peace Operations: Trends, Progress, and Prospects,” published by Georgetown University Press in June of 2008 and co-author, with Nate Haken, of the forthcoming compendium, “Violence in Nigeria,” published by Springer Press. Ms. Taft is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. She is also certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation. She speaks Hungarian and Spanish.