Associate Fellow, International Security
Matt Waldman

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Matt Waldman is a senior adviser to the European Institute of Peace, and founding director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs. Based in Beirut, he has been involved in several mediation initiatives in the Middle East, including in relation to the Syria conflict. From 2014 to 2015 he was an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

Formerly an international lawyer, he has held a range of foreign affairs positions in the UK and European parliaments, and worked in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2012, including as a senior UN official covering reconciliation with the Taliban. He was a fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2012 to 2014, where his research focussed on foreign policy-making, empathy, and conflict resolution. From 2013 to 2015 he co-directed the Chatham House Opportunity in Crisis project on Afghanistan.

Areas of expertise

  • Conflict resolution, mediation and negotiations
  • Empathy in international affairs
  • Islamist militancy
  • Afghanistan and the region  
  • Overseas interventions and counter-insurgency

Past experience

2015-16Senior Adviser to the European Institute of Peace
2014-15Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria
2012-14 Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
2011-12 Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan
2010-11Director of AAN-USIP project on the Taliban and negotiations; Consultant to the EU Special Representative to Afghanistan
2009-10Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
2006-09Head of Policy, Oxfam International, Afghanistan
2004-06Chief Foreign Affairs and Defence Adviser, The Liberal Democrats
2002-03Parliamentary Adviser to Baroness Nicholson MEP
2001-02Deputy Director of Overseas Operations, HHC
1999 - 2001

Lawyer, Norton Rose