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McDoom, Omar

Dr McDoom is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics and welcomes inquiries from students, researchers, and the media in the following areas:

(i). African Politics: He has particular knowledge of the Great Lakes of Africa comprising Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

(ii) Political Violence: He has a particular interest in forms of political violence such as civil wars, ethnic conflicts, genocides, terrorism, insurgencies, and guerrilla warfare.

Dr. McDoom is presently working on a book entitled Why They Killed: Security, Authority, and Opportunity in Rwanda's Genocide based on extensive field interviews with perpetrators, survivors, and bystanders of the genocide first conducted for a doctoral project. The doctorate won the British International Studies Association's prize for best thesis in 2009-2010.

He has previously held research fellowships at Harvard University, in the International Security and Intra-state Conflict programmes at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and at Oxford University, in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Dr. McDoom has worked as a Policy Officer for the World Bank, a Legal Officer for the Government of Guyana, and on electoral missions for the OSCE and UN. He currently co-directs a non-profit organisation which develops leadership potential in children caught in northern Uganda's civil war: www.thechildisinnocent.org

Dr McDoom holds law degrees from Kings College London and the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Masters degree in International Development Studies from George Washington University, and a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He is an Attorney at the New York Bar.


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