Open Lecture: The Unknown Success of Peacekeeping – But Why Does it Work?
- Date: –19:30
- Location: Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/69920665325
- Lecturer: Ralph Sundberg, associate professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Discussant: Pontus Winther, The Swedish Defence Research Agency.
- Organiser: Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice; UF - The Association of Foreign Affairs
- Contact person: Daniel Hedlund
In this lecture Sundberg reviews the “unknown” success of UN peacekeeping missions and presents where current research stands on what peacekeepers do and why it works.
Despite what many may believe the track record for peacekeeping is one of success. The missions deployed by the international community to stop armed conflict, uphold ceasefires, and attempt to rebuild states are – on average – successful in their undertakings. Despite this impressive track record we have very little knowledge about why this is the case: what mechanisms and activities convert the presence of boots on the ground into outcomes such as less civilians being targeted and less battles taking place between belligerents. In this lecture Sundberg reviews the “unknown” success of UN peacekeeping missions and presents where current research stands on what peacekeepers do and why it works.
About the lecturer
Ralph Sundberg (Ph.D. 2015) is an associate professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. He specializes in political and military psychology, as well as peacekeeping. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Personality, and Military Psychology. He is currently involved in several projects on peacekeeping: most notably on what peacekeepers do on the ground and why, as well as how peacekeeping may (or may not) mitigate forced displacement in civil war.
Pontus Winther is a Doctor in International Law and works as a researcher at the Swedish Defence Research Agency. As a former navy officer, he serves part time as a legal advisor to the Swedish Armed Forces, and has previously been Director of Studies in Operational Law at the Swedish Defence University.