Nina Wilén

PRIO Global Fellow

Nina Wilén
Additional position(s):
Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles

Twitter: @WilenNina
Nina Wilén is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests


  • Peacekeeping
  • Gender & Armed conflict 
  • Post-conflict Military
  • Peacebuilding


Nina Wilén is Director for the Africa Program at the Egmont Institute for International Relations and Assistant Professor in Political Science at Lund University. Prior to taking up these posts, she was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB); Antwerp University and the Royal Military Academy in Belgium. She was a Visiting Researcher at Stellenbosch University in 2015 and at Lund University in 2017. She has also been a lecturer at Sciences Po, Paris. Her research interests include conflict resolution and peace processes and more specifically the role of gender and the military in peace processes. She has published extensively on these themes in a range of international journals such as Gender, Work and Organization, Third World Quarterly and International Peacekeeping. She is the author of the book: Justifying Interventions in Africa: (De) Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo. Nina is the Editor-in-Chief for International Peacekeeping since January 2020. In 2018 she was appointed a PRIO Global Fellow.


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Wilén, Nina (2022) The impact of security force assistance in Niger: meddling with borders, International Affairs. DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiac119.
Oksamytna, Kseniya & Nina Wilén (2022) Adoption, adaptation or chance? Inter-organisational diffusion of the protection of civilians norm from the UN to the African Union, Third World Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2022.2102474.
Wilén, Nina (2022) From “Peacekept” to Peacekeeper: Seeking International Status by Narrating New Identities, Journal of Global Security Studies. DOI: 10.1093/jogss/ogab030.
Wilén, Nina (2020) Female peacekeepers’ added burden, International Affairs 96(6): 1585–1602.
Heinecken, Lindy & Nina Wilén (2019) No Place Like Home? Postdeployment Reintegration Challenges Facing South African Peacekeepers, Armed Forces & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0095327X19894719.
Wilén, Nina (2019) Achieving a gendered transformation of the post-conflict military through security sector reform: unpacking the private–public dynamics, International Feminist Journal of Politics. DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2018.1559749.
Wilén, Nina & Paul D. Williams (2018) The African Union and coercive diplomacy: the case of Burundi, The Journal of Modern African Studies 56(4): 673–696.

Book Chapter

Wilén, Nina (2022) Women, Gender and Peacebuilding in Africa, in Charbonneau, Bruno; & Maxime Ricard, eds, Routledge Handbook of African Peacebuilding. Abingdon: Routledge.
Wilén, Nina (2021) Justifying Interventions: The Case of ECOWAS in Liberia, in Simon, Hendrik; & Lothar Brock, eds, The Justification of War and International Order: from Past to Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press (339–354).
Wilén, Nina (2019) Romanticising the locals and the externals? Identifying challenges to a gendered SSR, in Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, ed., Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (314–322).

Report - Other

Dehaene, Pierre; & Nina Wilén (2020) Challenges with Security Force Assistance in Niger: Understanding Local Context and Aligning InterestsBrussels: Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.

Report - External Series

Wilén, Nina (2020) Context matters – Why Africa should tailor its own measures to fight COVID-19, Egmont Africa Policy Brief, 31. Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.
Wilén, Nina (2020) What’s the ‘Added Value’ of Male Peacekeepers? (Or – Why We Should Stop Instrumentalising Female Peacekeepers’ Participation), Egmont Africa Policy Brief, 29. Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.
Wilén, Nina (2019) Belgian Special Forces in the Sahel: A Minimalist Footprint with a Maximalist Output?, Africa Policy Briefs, 26. Brussels: Egmont Royal Institute of International Relations.
Wilén, Nina (2018) Improving Peacekeeping Performance- Dilemmas and Goals, Africa Policy Briefs, 21. Brussels: Egmont Royal Institute of International Relations.