My name is Leonoor Cornelissen and I am a Master Student at the Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID), in the field of sociology of development. I am currently preparing my thesis research related to military sociology. My research is particularly focused on the gender mainstreaming of military forces, analyzing how soldiers internalize formal orders regarding gender-based violence, to further understand how manuals and pre-deployment training influence the behavior and decision-making of forces on the ground on a daily basis. I intend to conduct a paired comparison study between soldiers in a national army (Kenya Defense Forces) and peacekeepers in a multinational force (AMISOM). I will be leaving for Nairobi in a few weeks time and will be there for a few months to conduct interviews.
I am writing on the forum to see if there are any experts in this particular area around and if they would be willing to have a chat with me. Also, any other tips to documents or points of contact (particularly in the East African region) would be wonderful. I look forward to hearing from you!