Science Cafe: Despots, Deployments and Disobedience
Jonathan Powell, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
University of Central Florida
Thursday, April 19
Networking, drinks, and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. and talk begins at 7:00 p.m.
Despots, Deployments and Disobedience: The Changing Face of International Peacekeeping Operations
Peacekeeping operations have vastly expanded since the end of the Cold War, including both the number of missions and the number of soldiers on deployment. Recent scholarship has suggested that participation in these operations destabilizes countries that contribute, including increasing army mutinies and coups d’état. This presentation explores these tendencies in light of the changing nature of peacekeeping operations, which increasingly rely on personnel from poor dictatorships.
About Dr. Jonathan Powell: Dr. Powell specializes in international relations and comparative politics. He is especially interested in civil-military relations, with regional interests in Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Powell’s work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Policy Analysis and African Security Review.