Klem Ryan

I am currently a Senior Development Coordination Officer for the United Nations based in Apia, Samoa. I am responsible for strategic planning for the Office of the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team (UNCT) leading on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). My office also oversees UN strategic development cooperation with the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau.

I have previously worked as a Senior Advisor to the European Institute of Peace developing mediation and diplomatic strategy in conflict settings, mainly focused on the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. I was formerly the coordinator of the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on South Sudan and have served in UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Timor Leste (UNMIT). I have also served as an officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy during which I was a member of the peace monitoring group in Bougainville.

Research and Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Theory, Brasenose College, University of Oxford.
Master of Science in Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of Auckland.

My doctorate examined the jurisprudence of early modern international humanitarian law. I write and present on international politics, protection of civilians, South Sudan, peacekeeping, sanctions, and the laws of war.

'EU Weapons Exports Will Backfire', Global Public Policy Institute - Peace Lab, 27 August 2019.
'Taking Stock of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan', Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2019.
'What’s Wrong with Drones?' in The American Way of Bombing, edited by Matthew Evangelista and Henry Shue, Cornell University Press, 2014.