Assessing Regional and International Organizations’ Interventions in Civil Wars: Capabilities and Context

Together with Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, I have co-edited a special issue of Civil Wars on Assessing Regional and International Organisations’ Interventions in Civil Wars: Capabilities and Context.

This includes a range of case studies on the United Nations, NATO, the OSCE, the European Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the African Union, and the Organisation of American States. Each case study features a presentation and analysis of empirical data in two dimensions: the organization’s general capabilities to carry out intervention in civil wars and, specific to one particular intervention, the conflict context in which it happened. This serves two purposes. First, to offer insights into the dynamics of each individual case and helping us understand the specific outcome of an intervention effort (i.e., why did a mission succeed/fail/something in between). Second, it enables us to make real comparisons between the cases (comparing military, civilian and hybrid missions, assessing the importance of capabilities vs. context, etc.).

A draft of our co-authored introduction can be downloaded following the link on the right.

This project is linked to my ongoing work on the European Union, Kosovo, and UK conflict resolution capacity.