The challenges facing post-conflict communities are many and long-term solutions are elusive. Wilson Scholar Emmaculate Asige Liaga has identified “grassroots” involvement as a key element of a successful transition. She shares thought on what this means for peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Emmaculate Asige Liaga is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Emmaculate is a holder of a master’s degree from the University of Manchester where she majored in International Conflict and Security Studies. She is also an awardee of the Chevening Scholarship, an honor awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master at any UK university. Prior to this, she worked at Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation as a junior researcher. She also worked as a Politics tutor at the department of political sciences and as an Intern at the United Nations Information Centre. Her research interests include: Peace and Security from below, Conflict resolution, Agency of communities in policy making, and International Relations theories (Critical theories and marginalized theories). She is currently a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar at the Wilson Center.

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.