The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Institute of African Studies, the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, and the Department of Political Science, Barnard College, present:

Expert Panel: UN Peace Operations and Authoritarian Enabling

Introduction by Séverine Autesserre, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Barnard College; Senior Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

Friday, October 21, 2022


1512 International Affairs 

In person:




Sarah von Billerbeck, Professor of International Relations, University of Reading

Birte Gippert, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Liverpool

Kseniya Oksamytna, Ph.D., Lecturer in International Politics, City, University of London


Summer Lindsay, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Rutgers University

Cam Silver, Term Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College


Do UN peacekeeping operations inadvertently enable authoritarianism in countries where they are deployed? Most peacekeeping missions take place in authoritarian or semi-authoritarian contexts, and seek to overcome the legacies of conflict by overseeing transitions to democracy. However, many countries hosting peacekeeping operations still retain some elements of authoritarian rule. We argue that UN peacekeeping missions can inadvertently enable authoritarian practices even when their stated aims involve the promotion of democracy.