Military interventions and peacekeeping

International interventions have multiplied since the end of the Cold War: United Nations operations, diplomatic missions, and regional organisations have become increasingly numerous and influential. These external contributions can mean the difference between war and peace. Regardless of local conditions, foreign peace interventions decrease the recurrence of violence. Nevertheless, such peace interventions often face multiple challenges. On occasion, they worsen the problems that they mean to address.

This class sets out to examine the complexity of these powerful policy tools. It asks: Why do interventions get launched? Who holds agency in intervention decision-making? What role do international institutions play in the set-up of the intervention? Furthermore, we examine: How can we build peace in the aftermath of war? What specific strategies and doctrines have thus far led to success? Which to failure? 


  • Marina Henke , Professor of International Relations | Director, Centre for International Security