James Kearney, who is from Northern Ireland, is the peace and security programs coordinator for the United Nations Association-UK, concentrating on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and peacekeeping and emerging threats. He has worked in the peace and security sectors for the Africa Educational Trust in London, Nairobi and Rumbek, South Sudan; and in the Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Kearney has an undergraduate degree in history from Oxford, a master's degree in international relations from Cambridge University and did his doctoral studies at Edinburgh University examining peace and solidarity camps in Rwanda. He published an essay in the book "Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations" and has written articles on ethnic conflict published by the UK Department for International Development and Education for Peace International.

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