More than Fighting for Peace? Conflict Resolution, UN Peacekeeping, and the Role of Training Military Personnel

University of Birmingham Muirhead Tower 710
Monday 23 October 2017 (16:00-17:30)

Dr Giuditta Fontana

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This seminar will examine the role of training military personnel for UN peacekeeping, looking particularly at the role of approaches drawn from the conflict resolution field. Military personnel deployed as part of a UN peacekeeping operation are deployed into challenging environments where the likelihood of violence remains high. Moreover, they are deployed as part of a peace process, and are thus situated as an anchor point in the transition from war to peace. This dimension of their work therefore means that a range of skills and techniques are relied upon, which come not only from traditional military training, but also from other, non-traditional fields. As well as outlining training programmes, the seminar will also examine the limitations of the current training architecture, and to what extent contemporary peacekeeping practice is compatible with the idea that the activity plays a role in conflict resolution processes.

The seminar is based on David’s recently published book ‘More than Fighting for Peace? Conflict Resolution, UN Peacekeeping, and the Role of Training Military Personnel’, published with Springer Press.


David Curran (UK) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, specializing in Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Resolution. His primary research investigates the role of conflict resolution in training programmes for military peacekeepers, and he has also published on other policy areas in UN peacekeeping. David’s recent publications include; ‘Muddling on through? Cosmopolitan peacekeeping and the protection of civilians’, (International Peacekeeping, 2017) ‘The United Kingdom and United Nations peace operations’ (with Paul D. Williams, International Peacekeeping, 2016),  ‘Resonating, Rejecting, Reinterpreting: Mapping the Stabilisation Discourse in the United Nations Security Council, 2000-2014 (with Paul Holtom, Stability Journal, 2015) ‘Perspectives on Peacekeeping and Atrocity Prevention - Expanding Stakeholders and Regional Arrangements’,  (with Trudy Fraser, Larry Roeder, Bob Zuber (Eds) Springer, 2015).

Read David’s full biography here and on Twitter @davidmanus

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