AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative

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The AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI) "is a global research initiative convened by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ and the Social Science Research Council. ASCI is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNAIDS.

"Starting in September 2006, ASCI began a process of research and mobilization bringing together an international network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners across geographic regions and specialist fields." [1]


Accessed April 2010: [2]

ASCI Co-Chairs

  • Souleymane M'Boup - Director, Senegalese Society for Immunology and African HIV/AIDS Network
  • Georg Frerks - Director, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University (Netherlands)

Advisory Committee Members

  • Paul Bekkers - AIDS Ambassador, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Judy El Bushra - Programme Manager, Great Lakes Women’s Peace Programme International Alert
  • Winnie Byanyima - Director, Gender Team, Bureau of Development Policy, UNDP
  • Adele Dion - Director General, Human Security and Human Rights Bureau, DFAIT, Canada
  • Stephen Heintz - President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Lennarth Hjelmaker - AIDS Ambassador, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Richard Holbrooke (invited) - Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
  • Annmaree O'Keeffe - AIDS Ambassador, Australian Agency for International Development
  • Peter Piot - Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Suebpong Sangkharomya - Advisor, Office of the Permanent Secretary of Defense, DG Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Thailand
  • Margaret Vogt - Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Alan Whiteside - Director, Health Economics and AIDS Research Division, University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa)

Principal Investigators


  • Clingendael Institute of International Relations - Luc van de Goor, Programme Director - Head Conflict Research Unit
  • Suzanne Verstegen, Programme Coordinator, Research Fellow Conflict Research Unit
  • Social Science Research Council, Alex de Waal, Research Director, Programme Director, HIV/AIDS
  • Jennifer F. Klot, Programme Coordinator, Senior Advisor, HIV/AIDS and Gender and Security



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. About, AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative, accessed April 6, 2010.
  2. Leadership, AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative, accessed April 6, 2010.