Michael Deibert is the author of the forthcoming In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Rise and Fall of the Gulf Cartel (Lyons Press, 2014) and Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair (Zed Books, 2013), which will be published in cooperation with the Royal African Society, the International African Institute and the Social Science Research Council. His first book, Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti (Seven Stories Press, 2005), was praised by The Miami Herald as “a powerfully documented exposé” and by the San Antonio Express-News as “a compelling mix of reportage, memoir and social criticism,” and has since become required reading for diplomats and others seeking to understand that country’s complex 1994-2004 era.
Michael’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de São Paulo, World Policy Journal, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio, and KPFK Pacifica Radio. In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the International Peace Research Association, and in 2008 he was selected as a ﬁnalist for the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, both in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In his current role as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University, which promotes processes of reconciliation by nonviolent means at all levels throughout the world, Michael aids the Centre in its mission to increase and sustain dialogue on international peace-building and development issues, with a particular focus on Latin America and Africa.