Dr. Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni is a Senior Research with the Institute for Security Studies in Dakar where she covers West Africa. She previously worked as a researcher on Peace and Security issues with the Network on Peace Operations (ROP) at the University of Montreal. She has developed various projects relating to peace operations mainly in New York and Addis Ababa. Lori-Anne holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto in Canada (2009). Her thesis focused on media, conflict and democratization in Côte d’Ivoire where she conducted regular field research between 2003 and 20011. Her last research project explored the certification of post-conflict electoral processes by the United Nations with a specific focus on Côte d’Ivoire. She is currently working on a variety of human security issues in West Africa.