Christopher Thornton

International Relations (2018)

My research looks at the establishment and negotiation of transitional governance arrangements following situations of widespread social unrest, such as revolutions and civil war. Case studies include Libya, Tunisia and Syria. My broader research interests include questions around negotiation, civil-military relations, legitimacy and authority to govern.

Prior to returning to academia, Chris worked for 8 years in the field of international conflict mediation. He managed complex mediation processes in Libya and Tunisia, including the UN-Mandated National Conference Process in Libya and the 2014 Electoral Charter of Honour negotiation process in Tunisia. Chris has degrees in History and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh and the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He was the winner of the 2011 Mariano Garcia Rubio Prize for the best Masters dissertation in International Law.