"Peacebuilding in the Balkans: The View from the Ground Floor," presented by Paula M. Pickering

Monday, February 18, 2008
1219 International Affairs Building

When social scientists evaluate peacebuilding projects they tend to focus on elites and newly constructed institutions. However, international programs that do not resonate among ordinary people risk defeating institutional reforms and alienating citizens, which threaten efforts toward sustainable peace. Pickering will discuss data gathered through extensive fieldwork in Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia that highlight how ordinary people in natural settings react to and thus influence peacebuilding efforts. These findings have implications for other deeply divided areas of Eurasia.

Paula Pickering is an Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. Her research focuses on postconflict state building in the Balkans and Western aid for promoting democracy in Eastern Europe. Between 1990 and 1994, she worked as a research analyst on Eastern Europe for the U.S. Department of State. Her book, Peacebuilding in the Balkans: The View from the Ground Floor, was published by Cornell University Press in December 2007.

Paula Pickering