Emerging Powers and Conflict Management: Lessons from Central Asia

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm
1512 IAB (420 W 118th St.)
Please join us for a panel discussion on Emerging Powers and Conflict Management: Lessons from Central Asia.
The international management of internal armed conflicts is becoming a primary area of dispute in world politics. At the global level, the UN Security Council has become deadlocked over the appropriate international response to rebellions and civil wars, including those in Sudan, Sri Lanka, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. At a domestic level, states such as Russia and China have rejected international liberal norms and practices and managed internal conflicts through alternative mechanisms. Meanwhile, in post-conflict environments, such as Angola, Cambodia, Tajikistan or Rwanda, international peace interventions constructed within a liberal peacebuilding framework have given way to authoritarian political outcomes. An array of non-liberal norms, discourses and practices in relation to peace and conflict have gained ground, both within local spaces of armed conflict and at global sites of policy contestation.  This panel of distinguished international scholars and practitioners of peace-building will examine the implications for the rise of such “illiberal practices” in the management of conflicts in post-Soviet Central Asia and critically evaluate the implications of this turn to “authoritarian conflict management.”
Chair: Alexander Cooley (Professor and Department Chair of Political Science, Barnard College; Deputy Director for Social Sciences Programming, Harriman Institute)
David Lewis (Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Exeter, UK)
John Heathershaw (Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Exeter, UK; Principal Investigator (2012-2016) of the ESRC Research Project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’)
Severine Autesserre (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College)
Christoph Zuercher (Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa)
Severine Autesserre is Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Autesserre works on civil wars, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. She is the author of Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (Cambridge University Press, 2010), as well as various scholarly and policy articles.
John Heathershaw is Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Exeter and Principal Investigator (2012-2016) of the ESRC Research Project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’. 
David Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, UK. He previously held academic posts in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and worked at the Brussels-based think-tank, the International Crisis Group, where he led research projects in Central Asia and Sri Lanka. David’s current research focuses on the impact of geopolitical change on international peace and conflict. He is Co-Investigator on a major research project, Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia (2012-2016), which examines Russian, Chinese and Western responses to conflict in Central Asia. His other main research interests are in the politics, security, and economic development of post-Soviet authoritarian states in Eurasia.
Christoph Zürcher is a professor at  the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.  His research and teaching interests include conflict, peacebuilding, and international development. His regional focus is on the Former Soviet Union especially on Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including Afghanistan. He is the editor of “Potentials of Disorder. Explaining Violence in the Caucasus and in the Former Yugoslavia” (Manchester UP, 2003) and the author of “The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict and Nationhood in the Post-Soviet Era (New York: University Press, 2007) and Costly Democracy. Peacebuilding and Democratization after War (Stanford, Stanford UP, 2013).
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