Integrating comparative empirical studies with cutting-edge theory, the Handbook of Peacekeeping and International Relations provides a comprehensive overview of the study and practice of peacekeeping.
The Handbook brings together a diverse range of contributions which represent the most recent generation of peacekeeping research, embodying notable shifts in the kinds of questions asked as well as the data and methods employed. It explores questions concerning the deployment of peacekeeper; the policies and activities undertaken by peacekeeping operations; the intended and unintended consequences of peacekeeping; and controversies related to post-conflict crime, sexual and gender-based violence in peacekeeping, and the environmental impact of peacekeeping.
Chapters further investigate the distinctions between UN and non-UN-led operations, the specific mandates under which peacekeeping operates, and the different roles of military, police, and police and civilian peacekeepers. Concluding with an evaluation of the state-of-the-art of current peacekeeping literature, the Handbook aims to lead the way in developing a coherent agenda for future research. The Handbook hopes to become an essential resource for a cross-disciplinary audience of academics and students interested in IR and conflict resolution as well as policymakers involved in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
The speakers will cover the following topics:
- UN peacekeeping and international relations (Prof Han Dorussen)
- Peacekeeping and postwar violence (Dr Jessica Di Salvatore)
- Peacekeeping and conflict resolution (Prof Andrea Ruggeri)
- Public information and strategic communications (Dr Kseniya Oksamytna)
- Unemployment, violence, and trust towards peacekeepers (Dr Prabin B. Khadka)
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Chair: Prof Oisín Tansey, Professor of International Relations, King’s College London
Editor and author: Prof Han Dorussen, Professor of Government, University of Essex
Han Dorussen is Professor of Government, with a specialisation in international relations and conflict analysis, with the Department of Government at the University of Essex. Between 2008 and 2011 and in 2013-4, he was Head of Department. He is also the coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Essex since 2021. Currently, his main areas of research are peacekeeping operations, the governance of post-conflict societies, and trust in political actors and institutions.
Author: Dr Jessica Di Salvatore, Associate Professor in Political Science and Peace Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
Jessica di Salvatore is Associate Professor in Political Science and Peace Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Before joining Warwick, she was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations), and associate member at the Nuffield College. She received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam (2017). The core of her current research agenda concerns the political, economic, and social impact of UN peace operations and their contribution to state-building and post-conflict development.
Author: Prof Andrea Ruggeri, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Department of Politics and International Relations, Director of the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford
Andrea Ruggeri is Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. He joined Brasenose College and the Department of Politics an International Relations at the University of Oxford in 2014. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam from 2010. His current research deals with civil wars and peacekeeping. His broader research interests include collective political violence, state development, and comparative politics in Africa and Middle East. He is co-author of Composing Peace: Mission Composition in UN Peacekeeping, Oxford University Press, 2020.
Author: Dr Kseniya Oksamytna, Lecturer, Department of International Politics, City, University of London
Kseniya Oksamytna is a Lecturer in International Politics at City, University of London, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group at King’s College London. Her current research interests are UN peacekeeping, international organisations, and decision-making and inequalities in international bureaucracies. She is the co-editor of United Nations Peace Operations and International Relations Theory, Manchester University Press, 2020.
Author: Dr Prabin B. Khadka, Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex
Prabin Khadka is a Lecturer with the Department of Government at the University of Essex. He received his PhD in Political Science at New York University in 2020. His current research deals with social cohesion in peacekeeping, counterinsurgency, countering violent extremism, and development efforts with a focus on the Horn and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Nepal. He has served as a peacekeeper on two occasions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (in 2003 and 2008).