Prof Laurie Nathan, Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa located in the Department of Political Sciences, has been awarded a visiting professorship at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the United States. He will be based there from January to June 2017. The Kroc Institute is one of the most prestigious peace institutes globally and houses a database and research programme on peace agreements. Prof Nathan will undertake research on the ‘post-conflict constitution as a peace agreement’. This is an exciting opportunity to open new ground in studies on sustaining peace in countries emerging from civil conflict.