Call for papers: Peace operations in the global context: national and regional interpretations of intervention


Tuesday 11 February and Wednesday 12 February 2020
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK
This two-day conference is the second in a series of events organised by the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group, which explores how peace operations are conceptualised and implemented from 'local', 'national/regional' and 'global' perspectives. For this two-day conference, we welcome papers that analyse national and regional perspectives of peace operations, and broach all aspects of the activity, including humanitarian, security, and peacebuilding dimensions.
National and regional perspectives may include policies and activities of actors that contribute (or not) to peace operations; the interaction of policy at a national level towards intervention into violent conflict; the interaction between interveners and national governments within countries where a mission is deployed; interactions among the local and national level; and regional dynamics of peace operations. However, papers are not restricted to these dimensions.
We particularly welcome interdisciplinary contributions and innovative theoretical approaches that challenge existing conceptual approaches to the study of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It is anticipated that each substantive panel will include a balance of practitioners, scholars and postgraduates at various career stages to reflect on current debates, and discuss future directions in peace operations.
We invite submissions on the following themes and topics:
Humanitarian Aspects
  • Challenges to aspirational human rights and humanitarian goals
  • Approaches to intervention to protect human rights
  • Humanitarian action when the state is a belligerent
Privileging Security
  • Comparability between national security, global security, and human security
  • Security, counter-insurgency, and ‘robust’ approaches to intervention
  • The role of non-militarised approaches to security
Building Peace
  • Actors, policies and interests in building peace
  • Peacebuilding, statebuilding, and strong state institutions
  • Building peace and ‘exit strategies’
Paper and panel proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of Friday 1 November 2019. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals should consist of no more than four participants.
Travel bursaries
A small number of travel bursaries will be available for postgraduate students, and we will send information out on how to apply for these once the call for papers has closed on Friday 1 November.
About the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group:
The BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding working group was established in March 2018 to provide a space for international studies researchers to develop their work on the various aspects of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. For further information on the working group or to join, visit the Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group webpage.
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