Laurie Nathan

Mediation Program Director; Professor of the Practice of Mediation

Laurie Nathan

100 Hesburgh Center
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(215) 500-2616

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Laurie Nathan

Mediation Program Director; Professor of the Practice of Mediation


Mediation; conflict resolution; preventive diplomacy; United Nations peacemaking; African regional security

At the Keough School

Laurie Nathan is director of the Mediation Program in the Keough School’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The mediation program serves as an international center of excellence for mediation research, training, policy, and practice.



Nathan earned a PhD in historical studies from the University of Cape Town. He is a senior mediation advisor to the United Nations, serves on the UN Academic Advisory Council on Mediation, and is the lead designer and trainer of the UN High Level Mediation Course. He has participated in high-level peacemaking efforts in Africa and helped design the mediation units of the African Union and African sub-regional bodies.

Prior to joining the Kroc Institute, Nathan was professor and director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town.

Research and Publications

Nathan is the author of four books, including Community of Insecurity: SADC’s Struggle for Peace and Security in Southern Africa and No Ownership, No Commitment: A Guide to Local Ownership of Security Sector Reform. He is also co-editor of two books and author of more than 50 articles and chapters.

In 2018, Nathan was the lead author of a policy report on successful preventive diplomacy by the UN, titled Capturing UN Preventive Diplomacy Success: How and Why Does it Work?.