Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

Why do international peace interventions so often fail to reach their full potential? Based on years of research in conflict zones around the world, Severine Autesserre will explain how everyday elements – such as the foreign peacebuilders’ social routines and common approaches to understanding their areas of operation – strongly influence the chances of peace building success. Through an in-depth analysis of the interveners’ everyday life and work, the lecture will propose innovative ways to better help build a sustainable peace.



Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College.

Séverine Autesserre is Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in International Relations and African Studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. Autesserre's work has appeared in such publications as Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. 

An expert on peacekeeping and conflict resolution, Professor Autesserre has extensive experience working with international humanitarian and development agencies in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, India, and the United States. She has worked for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World.She is the author of Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention and The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding which won the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order among others. Autesserre is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships for her work, notably research grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace.


8:30 PM @ e's bar