Power in Peacekeeping by Dr. Lise Morjé Howard (Book Launch)
Join Professor Lise Morjé Howard for the launch of her book Power in Peacekeeping on November 21st at the Mortara Center, moderated by Professor Charles King.
Power in Peacekeeping (Cambridge University Press, 2019) demonstrates that United Nations peacekeeping has proven remarkably effective at reducing the death and destruction of civil wars. But how peacekeepers achieve their ends remains under-explored. This book presents a theory of how peacekeepers exercise power. If power is the ability of A to get B to do something they would not otherwise, UN peacekeepers convince the “peacekept” to resolve conflicts in three basic ways: they persuade verbally, induce financially, and coerce, but not with offensive military force. Based on more than two decades of study, unpublished archives from the UN mission in Namibia, ethnographic observation of peacekeepers in southern Lebanon and the Central African Republic, and dozens of interviews with peacekeepers, this book explains how peacekeepers achieve their goals, and differentiates peacekeeping from its less effective cousin, counterinsurgency.