Dr Jasmine-Kim

Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Director, Bachelor of International Relations

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Politics and Philosophy

Social Sciences Room 315, Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD, La Trobe University; BA (Hons), The University of Melbourne



Membership of professional associations

International Peace and Security Institute; International Association of Peace and Conflict Studies; Women, Peace and Security Coalition; UN Association of Australia Academic Network

Area of study

International Relations

Brief profile

Dr Jasmine Westendorf is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University. Her research focuses on civil wars, negotiated peace processes, international approaches to peacebuilding, the politics of international law and international organisations, and the role of women in peace and war. She has conducted field research in East Timor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Cyprus, Palestine, the Philippines and at UN Headquarters in New York and with the humanitarian sector in Geneva. 

She is currently leading two major projects: (1) Building better peace: Exploring alternative pathways to peace after civil war; and (2) Mapping the impact of sexual exploitation and abuse by interveners in peace operations.  

Jasmine's book Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War was published in 2015 by Lynne Rienner Publishers, and she has also published her research in leading journals, including International Affairs and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. 

Jasmine has conducted policy and research work with a range of NGOs including the  Humanitarian Advisory Group, International Women's Development Agency, World Vision, ActionAid and others. She is a member of the IASC Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Taskforce. Jasmine is a regular contributor to international and local print and broadcast media. She has been interviewed about her research and various issues around war, peace, Australian foreign policy, and open education on a range of media platforms, including the following: Foreign Policy, The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Times, and numerous radio and TV stations in Australia and overseas.

Jasmine has also been extensively involved in designing, delivering and facilitating training for peacebuilders globally, including with the International Peace and Security Institute and for NGOs in Palestine. 

Research interests

International Relations

- civil wars

- gender and international relations

- genocide studies

- international law and international organisations

- peace and conflict studies

- peace processes and peacebuilding

- transitional justice

Teaching units

  • POL1ISP - Bachelor of International Relations Induction Seminar Program
  • POL2IOL – International Law and Organisation
  • POL2IME – War and Peace: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • POL5QAQ – States in Transition: Peacebuilding After Civil Wars and Regime Change

Jasmine has taught on programs run by the International Peace and Security Institute in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, and was the Academic Director of the 2015 Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Reconciliation.


Jasmine has conducted research for a number of international NGOs, including the International Peace and Security Institute, Humanitarian Advisory Group, World Vision, International Women’s Developm

Recent publications


Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil WarColorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015.

Journal articles

Sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations: trends, policy responses and future directions (with Louise Searle), International Affairs, March 2017. Open access:  https://academic.oup.com/ia/article/2982811/Sexual-exploitation-and-abuse-in-peace-operations.

‘Add Women and Stir’: the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands and Australia’s implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 67(4) August 2013  

Book chapters

'Women, Peace and Security and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Operations,' in Oxford University Press Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), Sara Davies & Jacqui True (eds.), OUP (forthcoming, 2018).

‘Violence and the contestation of the state after civil wars’ in Violence and the State, M. Killingsworth & M. Sussex (eds.), Manchester University Press (2015)  

Refereed Working Papers

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'WPS, CRSV and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peace Operations: Making sense of the missing links’, London School of Economic Center for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series, 9/2017. Available at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/wps/2017/10/05/wps-crsv-and-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse-in-peace-operations-making-sense-of-the-missing-links-jasmine-kim-westendorf-92017/

Non-refereed publications  

Discussion Paper: Mapping the impact of sexual exploitation and abuse by interveners in peace operations - preliminary project findings, December 2016. Available at http://www.pseataskforce.org/uploads/tools/1505891496.pdf

‘Do no Harm’, Arena Magazine, No. 120, Melbourne, Sept-Nov 2012, pp. 30-34.   Available at: http://www.arena.org.au/2012/11/do-no-harm/   

How to Start a Free University, (Co-authored with Gerhard Hoffstaedter and Aurelien Mondon), Melbourne Free University, Melbourne, 2012 (32pp).  Available at: http://melbournefreeuniversity.org/?page_id=2732   

Freeing the Hungry Billion: A critique of Australia’s approach to the global food crisis, ActionAid Australia, Sydney, 2009 (40pp).   Available at: http://www.actionaid.org.au/learn/resources/publications/freeing-the-hungry-billion   

UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: Implications, Implementation and Future Directions for Australia, Position Paper, International Women’s Development Agency, November 2008 (42pp). Available at: http://www.iwda.org.au/2009/02/10/unscr1325-iwda-position-paper/  

Book Reviews 

‘When Enemies Become Friends (Book Review),’ Australian Journal of International Affairs, 65(3), 2011, pp. 376-77.  

‘Peace: A World History (Book Review),’ Global Peace, Change and Security, 22(2), 2010, pp. 254-56.   

Media commentary

Research projects

Jasmine is currently leading two major projects:

(1) Building better peace: Exploring alternative pathways to peace after civil war

This project builds on my book Why Peace Processes Fail (Lynner Rienner: 2015) to investigate a range of peace processes, and elements of peace processes, that departed from the common template of peace negotiations and post-agreement peacebuilding, in order to examine and map the impacts of these divergent approaches on the establishment and consolidation of peace. This is a broad, comparative project that looks at cases across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and will contribute to both academic and practitioner discourses about how the international community can more effectively respond to the challenges facing societies emerging from civil war.

(2) Mapping the impact of sexual exploitation and abuse by interveners in peace operations

This project will be the first global study to investigate the impact of SEA by peacekeepers, aid workers, private contractors and others associated with peacebuilding operations on the capacity of the international community to fulfil its goals related to promoting security, stability and peacebuilding in post-conflict contexts. In 2016 I partnered with the Humanitarian Advisory Group to conduct pilot case studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor-Leste, as well as extensive interviews in Geneva and at the UN in NY, and we hope that the outcomes of this research can to inform policy and legal reform processes and training programs globally. The project adopts a mixed method approach including community focus groups, interviews, archival research and round-table discussions, and will produce both academic and policy-oriented outputs.   Our first Discussion Paper outlining preliminary findings can be accessed here