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Tom Hill is an adjunct faculty member of SIPA, Columbia University, and is a lecturer in the International Conflict Resolution specialization. He was also special assistant to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
His primary research interests are in the history of the international mediation of civil wars and the strategic theory of peacemaking. He is the director of a track II mediation programme, in partnership with the Peace and Reconciliation Section of the Royal Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group at King’s College London (KCL).
He is an Economic and Social Research Council scholar in the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and is writing up his doctoral thesis on the evolution of civil war mediation strategy. Tom is also the mediation consultant for the RUSI Diplomatic Training Course.
In 2013-14 he was an associate with Macro Advisory Partners (MAP), the corporate strategic advisory firm, serving as a multilateral strategist in its New York office and the lead analyst for client advisory work on the crisis in Syria and associated geopolitical developments.
In 2012 he served as special assistant to Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan on the United Nations-League of Arab States mediation mission for Syria, and again as a political officer with the successor mission of Lakhdar Brahimi.
From 2009–2012 he assisted Kofi Annan with his memoirs, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace.
From 2007–2008 he was a strategic analyst at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, specialising in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and future capability development, following which he continued to work as an independent consultant for the British government on peace support operations and counter-terrorism.