Dr. Rebecca Brubaker is a senior policy adviser with the United Nations University (UNU) Centre for Policy Research, focusing on Security Council affairs, multilateralism, sanctions, mediation, migration, refugees, and humanitarianism. An expert on UN sanctions, Dr. Brubaker served as an adviser on cross-cutting policy issues through the 2014 High Level Review of UN Sanctions and as a co-coordinator of the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Sanctions. She co-authored the Inter-Agency Working Group’s inputs to the 2014 High Level Review of UN Sanctions as well as various reports relating to the design, implementation, and adjustment of this coercive tool. Dr. Brubaker completed her doctorate in international development at the University of Oxford, where her research focused on international solutions to forced displacement following ethnic conflicts. Brubaker is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholarship, a Rhodes Scholarship, and a Smith Richardson Fellowship (Yale).
From the Un-Mixing to the Re-Mixing of Peoples: Understanding U.S.-Led Support for Minority Returns Following the Ethnic Conflict in Bosnia
Brubaker’s dissertation, “From the Un-Mixing to the Re-Mixing of Peoples: Understanding U.S.-Led Support for Minority Returns Following the Ethnic Conflict in Bosnia,” focused on the U.S.-led response to the 1990s’ ethnic conflict in Bosnia. Her work illuminated the multilateral attempt to reverse the ethnic conflict through the return of displaced people. The policy emphasis on “re-mixing” people, interpreted through a policy of minority returns, and supported and coordinated on an international scale, was unprecedented in contemporary history.