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Liberal Interventionism in the Post-Cold War Era: Stocktaking and Prospects

  • Professor Mats Berdal
Tuesday 27 September 2016

International interventions in the name of democracy, human rights and protecting civilians expanded after the Cold War, culminating in the UN endorsement of a global responsibility to protect in 2005. Today, in light of experiences from Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, there seems to be less appetite for joint interventions to promote such norms. Are we witnessing a shift, or return, to a phase of power politics and Great Power rivalry? What is the current scope for interventions in the name of liberal ideals?

 Dr. Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group, King’s College London. He was formerly Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He is the author of Building Peace after War (Routledge, 2009) and co-editor with Dominik Zaum of Political Economy of Statebuilding – Power after Peace (Routledge, 2013). Recent publications include “United Nations Peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect” in Theorising the Responsibility to Protect, edited by Ramesh Thakur and William Maley (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


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