Once a peace treaty is signed and elections are scheduled, stability and peace is not guaranteed. In fact, Southern Voices Network Scholar Brice Bado believes that a crucial component to peace building in post-conflict societies comes during elections and is a function of effective foreign electoral assistance. He explains his theory in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



Arsène Brice Bado is an associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to his time at the Wilson Center, Mr. Bado was a visiting researcher at Yale University during the 2014-2015 academic year. Previously, Mr. Bado worked for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Kenya, the Research Center for Social Action in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Secours Catholic in France. His research interests include democracy, conflict analysis, forcibly displaced persons, and electoral processes in conflict ridden societies. His publications have appeared in the Journal of  International Migration and Integration, Revue Études, Revue Relations, and Débats-Courrier d’Afrique de l’Ouest, Sécurité Mondiale. In addition he has contributed chapters to several books. He has extensive field experience in election observation in West Africa, and has conducted research with electoral management bodies in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the DRC, and Burkina Faso. He holds three Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy, Socio-Anthropology, and Theology, and three Masters Degrees in Social Ethics, International Human Rights Law, and Sociology and Anthropology. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Laval University in Canada. His doctoral research focuses on elections in post-civil conflict societies.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.