Welcome to the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group. The working group was established in March 2018 to provide a space for international studies researchers to develop their work on the various aspects of peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
Peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, broadly defined, are interventions of external third-party military, civilian, or police personnel (or any combination of the three) into areas of violent conflict, with the aim of reducing violence and building sustainable models of peace. The working group examines the role of international and regional organisations, initiatives by single states, as well as efforts of non-governmental international organisations, extending across the range of military, police and civilian personnel in field operations.
The working group encourages theoretical engagement with the broader concepts taken from international studies that underpin such interventions, the decision-making process behind them, as well as encouraging policy relevant analysis which engages with decisionmakers and practitioners in the field as well as in troop contributing countries (TCCs). The working group encourages interaction with different levels of analysis from understanding the experience of those at the receiving end of such interventions, the views of deployed personnel up to the outlook at the strategic-level decision-making processes undertaken by policy elites. We work in collaboration with other BISA working groups and policy think tanks such as UNA-UK (add link: https://www.una.org.uk) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) (Add link: https://rusi.org/)