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Peacekeeping in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation

  • Vanessa Newby
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

Although the concept of credibility has been identified by the United Nations as a significant factor in successful peacekeeping operations, its role has largely been ignored in the literature on peacekeeping at the local level. In this talk, Dr Newby provides the first detailed examination of credibility’s essential place in peacekeeping. Identifying four types of credibility—technical, material, security, and responsiveness—Dr Newby traces the ways in which building credibility serves UNIFIL and has enabled the mission to exercise its mandate despite significant challenges on the ground. She argues that credibility should be regarded as an independent construct when considering how a peacekeeping operation functions and survives.

An excerpt from the book can be accessed here.

About the speaker

Vanessa Newby has a BSc Honours in Psychology from the University of Westminster, in the UK and an MA and PhD in International Relations from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Her thesis was completed in 2014 and examined the factors that influence the security environment of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Vanessa’s book ‘Peacekeeping in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation’, examines the role of credibility in peacebuilding. Previously Vanessa was a research fellow at the Australian National University and an affiliated scholar with the American University of Beirut. She is an Arabic speaker and has spent over ten years researching in the Middle East. Vanessa’s research interests include peacekeeping, peacebuilding, informal institutions, gender and security and the international relations of the Middle East.


About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


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