Dominik Balthasar joined swisspeace as a senior researcher with the Statehood and Conflict program in May 2015. Previously, Dominik worked with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (Addis Ababa), the EU Institute for Security Studies (Paris), the US Institute of Peace (Washington, DC), and Chatham House (London). His work has largely focused on issues pertaining to peace, conflict, and development, with a particular interest in their interrelation and connection to state fragility and social cohesion. As a researcher he held fellowships with the Crisis States Research Centre (London), the Global Public Policy Institute (Berlin), the Centre d'études et de recherches internationals (Paris), the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (Geneva), the Academy for Peace and Development (Hargeysa), and the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (Mogadishu). Dominik taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School of Oriental and African Studies, and has consulted with the World Bank, the United Nations, and other international development organizations in Somalia, DR Congo, Nepal, and Timor-Leste. Dominik earned an MSc and PhD in international development from the LSE.