Berlin Security Beat

Episode 07: "Peacekeeping - Politics. Practice. Impact."

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Andrea Ruggeri, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and an expert on peacekeeping and civil wars, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about UN peacekeeping. They discuss:

  • why and how peacekeeping works,
  • when to deploy peacekeepers – and when not to,
  • how to use diversity in mission composition as an asset,
  • how geopolitics influences decision-making at the UN Security Council,
  • and, finally, where to get the best coffee.


Blair, Robert (2021): UN Peacekeeping and the Rule of Law, in: American Political Science Review, 115(1), 51-68,

Bove, Vincenzo/ Ruffa, Chiara/ Ruggeri, Andrea (2020): Composing Peace: Mission Composition in UN Peacekeeping, Oxford University Press,

Bove, Vincenzo/ Ruggeri, Andrea (2019): Peacekeeping Effectiveness and Blue Helmets’ Distance from Locals, in: Journal of Conflict Resolution, 63(7), 1630-1655,

Di Salvatore, Jessica/ Ruggeri, Andrea (2020): The Withdrawal of UN Peace Operations and State Capacity: Descriptive Trends and Research Challenges, in: International Peacekeeping, 27:1, 12-21,

Gowan, Richard (2020): UN Peacekeeping in a Fragmenting International Order, (11/25/2020),

Gowan, Richard/ Dreisbach, Tristan (2015): United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), in: Koops, Joachim A./ Tardy, Thierry/ MacQueen, Norrie/ Williams Paul D. (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations,

Henke, Marina E. (2019): Networked Cooperation: How the European Union Mobilizes Peacekeeping Forces to Project Power Abroad, in: Security Studies, 28:5, 901-934,

Hultman, Lisa/ Kathman, Jacob D./ Shannon, Megan (2019): Peacekeeping in the Midst of War, Oxford University Press,

Ruggeri, Andrea/ Dorussen, Han/ Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene (2017): Winning the Peace Locally: UN Peacekeeping and Local Conflict, in: International Organization, 71(1),

Ruggeri, Andrea/ Dorussen, Han/ Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene (2018): On the Frontline Every Day? Subnational Deployment of United Nations Peacekeepers, in: British Journal of Political Science, 48(4), 1005-1025,

Walter, Barabara, Howard, Lise, & Fortna, V. Page (2020): The Extraordinary Relationship between Peacekeeping and Peace, in: British Journal of Political Science, 1-18,

Williams, Paul D./ Bellamy, Alex J. (2021): Understanding Peacekeeping, 3rd edition, Wiley,,+3rd+Edition-p-9780745686721

Andrea Ruggeri’s Choice for ‘Coolest’ IR Paper

Di Salvatore, Jessica (2019): Peacekeepers against Criminal Violence—Unintended Effects of Peacekeeping Operations? In: American Journal of Political Science, 63(4), 840-858,

Howard, Lise M./ Dayal, Anjali K. (2018): The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping, in: International Organization, 72(1), 71-103,

And… just for fun

Niemann, Christoph (2020): Coffee,


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