The majority of the prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen, a country with a rich history in alternative forms of justice-making. Restorative justice, a process similar to the reconciliation mechanisms used in Northern Ireland and South Africa, is appealing to many of Guantanamo's detainees. Could it be the key to closing the notorious prison?
Marie is a political scientist/analyst and organizer/strategist, peace-builder and facilitator trained in international criminal law, and social entre/intrapreneur. She currently consults for organizations such as The Peace Alliance, The Amani Institute, The New Organizing Institute, and The Open Society Foundation, as well as for a range of individuals (in the public, private, and non-profit sectors) seeking professional and creative/innovative organizational development in the fields of international development, foreign affairs, and social change in general. Together, they articulate ambitious goals, creatively strategize, and diligently perform to reach them. On a related note, Marie is on a mission to create thousands of high quality+impact jobs for and by young (and young at heart) do-gooders.
Marie is a proud and impactful alumna of Seeds of Peace, The United Nations Development Program, and Obama 2012. She has studied and worked on every continent except Oceania and Antarctica (but could be convinced some day!), more specifically in Belgium, The United States, India, China, Brazil, Burundi, Italy, The Netherlands, and Kenya. She is fluent in English and French, and is working on her Spanish.
Marie's expertise includes principled multilateralism, mass atrocities prevention, international criminal law, civil society, creative leadership and management, and data-based strategic communications. She is also a strong advocate for pragmatic progressive policy in and by the US. Her least favorite thing in the world is corruption, and she thinks a lot about transparency technologies+ strategies.
Marie's other life involves beating men at tennis, laughing with good company, eating fruit, running the world’s natural wonders with her dog Atlas, cuddling with her Burundian cat while watching Olivia Pope, reading novels, enjoying good design, and relaxing to music. Marie is also passionate about wildlife conservation, and is a proud sponsor of young elephants at the David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust.
In this stylized piece, Marie Mainil shares a series of sketches of her recent experiences in Brazil. Drawing on the philosophy of Jean-Paul Lederach, Marie places his moral teachings in the context of a place where imagination meets the real world. We see how in museums, schools, and favelas, Brazilians are finding creative ways to overcome harsh realities.
In November of last year, NATO held its strategic summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Marie Mainil joined young leaders from around the world at a parallel venture. At The Young Atlanticists Summit, the next generation of leadership tackled the same issues as their NATO counterparts, and was able to query world leaders like Ban Ki-moon and General David Petraeus. Here is Marie's sketch of the events.
At a youth summit that paralleled the recent NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Marie Mainil interviewed fellow attendee Victor Ochen. Drawing on life experiences (he spent 20 of his 28 years living in war-torn Uganda), Ochen brought ideas for peace, security, reconciliation, and progress to NATO leaders. The interview is an inspiration for the next generation of global leadership. Video.
Americans can be very generous under the right conditions. After the Haitian earthquake this year, total donations to help rebuild the devastated island amounted to more than $2 billion. Indeed, Americans are fine if a significant portion of their federal budget goes to foreign aid. Actual lending amounts, however, don't measure up to the public's expectations. Marie Mainil and Jeremy Worthington investigate American giving abroad.
On November 23, Marie Mainil sat with veteran diplomat Søren Jessen-Petersen in Washington, DC, to gain his insights as to what the next generation of diplomats can learn from diplomacy today, and what they can bring to the table tomorrow. In this exclusive interview, Jessen-Petersen speaks of the need for honesty, integrity and respect in the diplomatic craft, the definition of "success," and the need to ensure that diplomacy serves human security. Video.