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Elissa Jobson

Adviser, African Union Relations
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Elissa joined Crisis Group in November 2015. As Adviser on African Union Relations, she is the organisation's main liaison with the AU and conducts research on AU policies and decisions related to conflict prevention and resolution in Africa.

Prior to joining Crisis Group, Elissa was a media relations specialist with UNICEF in New York, where she helped co-ordinate public advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals. Between 2012 and 2014, she was a freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa working for The Guardian, Africa Confidential, The Africa Report and Business Day. Before that Elissa was Editor of Global: The International Briefing, a quarterly international affairs magazine.

As a journalist and researcher she has followed the activities of the African Union, and its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity, since 2000.

In The News

14 Mar 2017
Building coalitions at the regional level and ... at the international level will be how [the head of the AU] can make an impact on many of the crises that the continent is facing. RFI

Elissa Jobson

Adviser, African Union Relations
31 Jan 2017
If there is one thing that will in the longer term lead to a more peaceful Africa it will be an Africa trading more freely with itself. The Washington Post

Elissa Jobson

Adviser, African Union Relations

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Africa

How Europe’s Panic over Migration and Terrorism Is a Big Opportunity for Africa

This week’s summit of African and European leaders in Abidjan is a chance to find a win-win solution.

Originally published in IRIN

Op-Ed / Africa

EU’s Desire to Contain Migration Is Africa’s Opportunity

To calm citizens’ fears, Europe is ready to invest in better governance in Africa.

Originally published in POLITICO

Op-Ed / Africa

Tripartite Changing of the Guard

With leadership transitions at the United Nations, African Union and in the United States creating uncertainty, Crisis Group's Africa Program Director Comfort Ero and African Union Relations Adviser Elissa Jobson spotlight the three main challenges to Africa's peace and security in the coming months.

Originally published in The Africa Report

Op-Ed / Africa

The African Union Tried and Failed on Burundi. Now It’s Time to Try Again

Unless regional and international organisations act in concert and inject new life into the mediation process, Burundi risks igniting a wider crisis.

Originally published in African Arguments

Op-Ed / Africa

Why the Choice of the AU Chair Matters So Much in Today’s Multipolar World

Beset by seemingly intractable and bloody crises and conflicts at home and beyond, as well as the global security challenges and climate change, the next AU chair will have to navigate an increasingly complex, international political environment.

Originally published in The East African