Camila de Macedo Braga

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Camila de Macedo Braga
Research Associate

Email: camile.braga (at) usp.brcamila.demacedo (at)


Camila is a PhD candidate in Political Science with an emphasis in International Politics at the Graduate Program in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (DCP / USP). She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the Graduate Program on International Affairs San Tiago Dantas (UNESP/UNICAMP / PUC-SP), specializing in Peace, Defense and International Security (2013) and holds a BA in International Relations from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2009). Camila is a researcher for the International Relations Research Center (IRRC) at USP, São Paulo, and a fellow for the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) at Brown University, Providence. She is also part of the Peace, Conflict and Critical Security Studies Network (PCECS, in Portuguese) and REBRAPAZ, with focus on Peace Operations studies and practices.

As an associate member of the International Relations Research Center (IRRC) at the University of São Paulo, she is currently collaborating in a project to produce a Political Atlas of Peace and Conflict in Latin America (entitled ‘Stable peace, conflict and resolution in Latin America: representation of regional security systems in a political atlas’), funded by CNPq/MCTI and under Prof. Rafael Duarte Villa’s leadership and supervision. As an instrumental part of this project, Camila is co-coordinating the creation of a Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), which will house an Observatory of the post-accords phase in Colombia’s path to peace. Both are under developing stages at the moment.

Currently, she is a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) under the supervision of Prof. Keith Krause. Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Securing peace in Timor Leste: reviewing the peace process’, has the overall purpose of producing a locally-informed assessment of the peace process, when considering how the aim of “securing” peace was sought and what is the nature of the peace that emerged from it. As a premise, this work considers that the conception of peace deployed by different individuals and groups engendered specific ways of thinking about the armed conflict management and resolution, or even different peace ontologies, as well as forms of resistance and transformation of these practices. The aim, therefore, is to understand the result of this friction in narratives within the construction of public spaces and specific subjects.

Her academic experience is complemented by her prior work as a researcher for the Brazilian National Truth Commission (CNV), between 2013 and 2014, supported by UNDP. During this period, Camila was associated with the Dictatorship and Gender working group, working mainly with grave human rights violations against women and children at the time of the dictatorship. In this role, she joined the team responsible for preparing the 10th Chapter of the CNV Final Report.

Field(s) of Interest
  • Peace and Critical Security Studies
  • Human Security in Peace Support Interventions
  • Peace process in protracted armed conflict - Case studies: Timor Leste, Darfur (Sudan)
  • Stabilization, resilience and responsibility to protect (R2P)
  • Post-armed conflict violence and conflict transformation
  • Fieldwork approach and qualitative analysis
Selected Publications:
  • Braga, C. M. (Book review); MINAYO, M. S., El caso de Darfur: limitaciones políticas a la responsabilidade de proteger. Mural Internacional, V. 7/N. 1. Jan-Jun, 2016.
  • Braga, C. M. . “UNTAETs legacy: towards a sustainable peace in East Timor”. International Studies Association, ISA 56th Annual Convention, Atlanta, 2016.
  • Babo, T.; Braga, C. “Thinking issues of governance, security and defense in Latin America: a meeting with Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte.” November 13th 2015, IRI-USP, São Paulo.
  • Braga, C.M. The Human Security Framework in Peace Support Operation: a Darfur Case Study. IACM, 2015.
  • Braga, C. M. UN/AU Peace Operation in Darfur, Sudan: towards a critical peace assessment. International Studies Association, ISA 56th Annual Convention, New Orleans / Louisiana, 2015.
  • Commisaão Nacional Da Verdade (CNV). Final Report – Comissão Nacional da Verdade, 2014. Link here.
  • She also supports the edition of PCECS’ blog, a network on Peace, Conflict and Critical Security Studies, available here.
  • Link to an original post, authored by her here.