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Programme Manager, Policy and Research Division

Before rejoining DCAF, Fairlie was a Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700: Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, at the Free University of Berlin, where she led a four-year case study on security governance and reform in Liberia for the project “Exporting the State Monopoly on Violence: Security Governance Transfers to Areas of Limited Statehood”. Fairlie has also been a Visiting Researcher at Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, based at the University of Liberia; a Visiting Fellow with the Future of Peace Operations programme at The Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington DC; and a Research Associate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. Fairlie rejoined DCAF in 2014 having worked previously for the Research Division from 2006-10, and on a consultant basis for the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). Fairlie holds undergraduate degrees in Political Studies, Philosophy and Spanish from the University of Auckland; a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; and a doctorate in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, where her doctoral research focused on security governance in post-war cities.