Study Group

Spring 2014

Study Group on Peacekeeping:

Practical Challenges of Peacekeeping
and Protection of Civilians

 

The peacekeeping study group examines the challenges of peacekeeping in the field.

As one of the most visible actions of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security, peacekeeping has been subject to many doctrinal evolutions and practical changes. Initially designed to monitor cease-fires and ensure the separation of warring parties, it has become a multidimensional tool to build conditions for lasting and sustainable peace. Composed by military, police and civilian components, integrated peacekeeping missions are now mandated to cover a wide range of tasks. Their activities include protection of civilians, monitoring human rights, disarming and demobilizing armed groups, strengthening the State’s capacities, overseeing elections and securing the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Throughout the spring semester, the group will host a series of seminars to discuss the modalities of action and the constraints faced by peacekeepers. The group will question the promises and shortcomings of peacekeeping from political, historical, social, institutional and legal points of view, and will encompass a wide range of case studies. In order to identify methods for efficient and effective peacekeeping, students will discuss the conditions of failure and elements of success through analyzing real life issues faced by military and civilian peacekeepers on the ground.

The study group aims to stimulate the debate from a practitioner’s perspective, in order to provide a foundation for the development of future public policy. 

 namie Di Dazza  

Sessions will be led by:

Carr Center Fellow, Namie Di Razza

 

Spring 2014 Schedule:

 

Date Topic Presenter Venue Time
~ February 2014 ~
Thursday,
Feb. 13
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 1: "Humanitarian actors and peacekeeping missions in the field"

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General Jean-Philippe Ganascia, Luise Druke, and Susan Amsler Perkins Room
Harvard Kennedy School
4:00 PM
Thursday,
Feb. 27
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 2: "Human Rights Investigations by UN peacekeeping operations"

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Alexis Guidotti Carr Center Conference Room
Harvard Kennedy School
12:00 PM
~ March 2014 ~
Thursday,
Mar. 13
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 3: "The politics behind UNAMA, ISAF and the US in Afghanistan"

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Michael Semple Hauser Conference Room
Harvard Kennedy School
4:00 PM
Thursday,
Mar. 27
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 4: "The United States and peacekeeping: 'Assertive multilateralism' and its discontents"

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Charles F. Dunbar Fainsod Room
Harvard Kennedy School
1:30 PM
~ April 2014 ~
Thursday,
Apr. 17
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 5: "Beyond robust peacekeeping"

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Ian Johnstone **Session Canceled** 1:30 PM
Thursday,
Apr. 24
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 6: 'A field perspective from Timor-Leste'

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Michiko Kuroda IOP Conference Room, Littauer 166 1:30 PM
~ May 2014 ~
Thursday,
May. 8
Peacekeeping Study Group, Session 7: "A photographic narrative of peacekeeping"

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Sylvain Liechti Carr Center Conference Room
Harvard Kennedy School
1:30 PM