Friday, April 27, 2018

2:00 p.m. Welcome address
2:30 p.m. Session I: Pressing Problems
Policy makers and scholar-practitioners will outline the pressing problems in peacekeeping.

Moderator: Professor Oona Hathaway


  • Professor Ian Johnstone: “How Ambitious Should Peace Operations Be?”
  • Major General Patrick Cammaert: “UN Peacekeeping is in Trouble: What are the Challenges in Present UN Peacekeeping and What is Needed?”
  • Assistant Secretary General Jane Connors: “From Victims to Survivors: The Role of the Victims’ Rights Advocate”
  • Ms. Alison Giffen: “Maintaining Momentum to Modernize Peacekeeping”
4:30 p.m. Session II: State of scholarship
Scholars will describe the state of the art in peacekeeping research in political science.

Moderator: Mr. Stephen Moncrief


  • Professor Nicholas Sambanis: “Lessons Learned and New Directions in Peacekeeping Research”
  • Professor Séverine Autesserre: “Peace Possible: International Peacebuilding and Local Success”
  • Professor Lise Morjé Howard: “Peacekeeping vs. Counterinsurgency: Toward a More Effective Division of Labor”
  • Mr. Prabin Khadka: “Redefining the Focus in Peacekeeping Studies: The Necessity of Research at the Micro Level”
  • Professor Sabrina Karim: “Gaps in Peacekeeping Literature: Three Areas of Future Research”
7:00 p.m. Conference dinner (by invitation)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Discussion on Peacekeeping Data
Participants will receive a unique insight into contemporary data gathering in peacekeeping missions, and discuss data collection and sharing ideas.

  • Mr. Rajkumar Cheney Krishnan: “Structured Conflict Data Collection in UN Peacekeeping Missions – Sage Incident/Event Tracking System”
9:00 a.m. Session III: Peacekeeping beyond the UN
Practitioners and scholars will explore the challenges and opportunities of hybrid and non-UN missions.

Moderator: Professor Louisa Lombard


  • Ambassador Frederic Ngoga: “Implications of Ad-hoc Security Initiatives for Regional Mechanisms”
  • Mr. Mustapha Abdallah:  “Collaborating for Peace in Africa Under the APSA Process: ECOWAS’s Peacekeeping Engagements”
  • Ms. Nannette Ahmed: “Partnership Peacekeeping”
  • Lieutenant General (Dr.) Vijay K. Ahluwalia: “Military Challenges of Peacekeeping in Coordination with the UN, and the Envisaged Future Conflict Environment”
  • Ms. Brenda Oppermann: “U.S. Capacity Building Support for Peacekeeping Operations”
11:00 a.m. Session IV: Call to action: What can political science do for peacekeeping?
Practitioners and scholars will draw conclusions and set a policy-relevant research agenda.

Moderators: Ms. Mayesha Alam and Ms. Sophia Dawkins


  • Mr. David Haeri: Title TBC
  • Dr. Tatiana Carayannis: “Evidence-based Peacekeeping”
  • Professor Rob Blair: “Peacekeeping at the Ground Level: Towards a More Disaggregated Study of Specific Peacekeeping Strategies”
  • Mr. Jake Sherman: “Research Priorities for UN Peacekeeping Reform: Politics, Performance, Partnerships, and People”
13:00 p.m. Lunch and closing

All sessions will convene in the GM Room, Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven CT 06511