Christian Lara

Christian Lara

DUCIGS Rethinking Diplomacy Program Fellow

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Christian Lara is a political scientist and international relations specialist with more than ten-years’ experience working with the United Nations on political and humanitarian affairs in different contexts and geographical areas, including the Implementation of the Ottawa treaty on antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions, the global Ebola response coordination in West Africa, and the implementation of peace agreements in Colombia and South Sudan. Since its graduation from a two-year mid-career fellowship at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Chris has been Senior Policy Advisor with the Duke Global Health Institute advising on strategic policy issues related the scientific work of a multi-school and multi-disciplinary group of scientists university-wide. In this role, Chris has put forth the foundations of Science Diplomacy interventions at Duke with special emphasis on the science-policy nexus, and the role of research and academic institutions on the achievement of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

In addition to its MIDP degree, during his time at Duke as a mid-career fellow, Chris also earned a Graduate Certificate on Latin American Studies from CLACS; a Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva certificate; a Fuqua School of Business certificate on Communications and Leadership; and a Graduate Certificate on Peace and Conflict Studies from Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.