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Gwendolyn Whidden

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Gwendolyn is an MPhil International Relations candidate at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Her core research interests are the United Nations Security Council, humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect, and genocide and atrocity prevention policy. Her MPhil thesis examines UN Security Council intervention in mass atrocity crimes and applicatory contestation about R2P’s third pillar. At ELAC, Gwendolyn is a research assistant to Federica d’Alessandra, Deputy Director of ELAC and Executive Director of the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security, where she supports work on preventing mass atrocities.

Previously, Gwendolyn interned at the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, where she prepared in-depth assessments of the risk of atrocity crimes in situations around the world. Prior to coming to Oxford, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, where she served as a university English instructor at L’École Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Agadir. Gwendolyn was also a Davis Projects for Peace Grantee in Rwanda, where she implemented an education-based peacebuilding project at a youth village in Rwamagana. She has studied and worked in Rwanda over the course of three summers since 2015 and spent her junior year abroad studying in Rabat, Morocco and as a visiting student at Oxford.