Susan Allee is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute and senior political affairs officer at the United Nations. During her fourteen years with the UN, Allee has held several positions in peacekeeping, political, and legal affairs. Among them, she ran the Middle East desk in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations for six of the past seven years, covering Israel, Lebanon, and Syria; served as senior advisor to the UN special representative of the secretary-general in Cyprus; and was deputy chief of the legal office in the UN mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Allee is the author of "The Launch of a New South Africa," published in the online Journal of Peace and Reconciliation (Fall 2004). She holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA in sociology from Vassar College.