Peacekeeping and Postwar Violence Project

In this project I analyze the effect of peace operations on postwar violence. While existing research has demonstrated the generally positive effects of peacekeeping on peace duration, the absence of war does not necessarily imply the end of violence.

Besides some residual violence between the combatants, the violence of war frequently transforms into other forms of collective political violence in the postwar period, such as massacres of civilians, ethnic violence, political assassinations, or riots. These forms of violence often present an equal or greater threat to the security of civilians than the preceding conflict, yet we know almost nothing about the ability of peacekeepers to mitigate or stop them.

The aim of this project is to fill this gap. The two questions I seek to answer are: Do peace operations have an impact on the overall extent of collective postwar violence? And do they affect the nature of this violence by shifting the strategic calculus of actors away from battlefield engagements towards forms of violence that are less easily detected and sanctioned by those with a stake in the peace?

Related publications

Bara, Corinne (2020): Shifting Targets: The Effect of Peacekeeping on Postwar Violence. European Journal of International Relations. Online ahead of print:

Bara, Corinne & Lisa Hultman (2020) Just Different Hats? Comparing UN and Non-UN Peacekeeping, International Peacekeeping. Online ahead of print:

Bara, Corinne; Annekatrin Deglow and Sebastian van Baalen: Violence in the Aftermath of Civil War: A Literature Review of Civil War Recurrence and Postwar Violence [under review]

Abbs, Luke and Corinne Bara: Chasing Shadows: Peacekeeping, Militias, and Violence Displacement [work in progress]