Despite that most formal colonial regimes collapsed by mid-twentieth century, military interventions (MIs) by major powers and multilateral agencies (the United Nations and NATO etc.) have continued to take place. The United States and France intervened for about 15 and 10 years in various nations during 1950s which increased to 23 and 19 years during 1990s. Ongoing atrocities and disorders in countries of interest for big powers such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and diffusion of ISIS-affiliates, particularly in Africa, suggest that the increasing trend in MIs is likely to continue.
In fact in the past two decades MIs have gained increasing level of legal and formal recognitions such as the United Nations’ World Summit unanimous adoption of resolution in favour of Responsibility to Protect in 2005 and France Defence White Paper of 2013 which enunciates interventionism as an important policy measure to protect overseas interests. Military interventions are mainly launched to influence favourable changes in economic, political and strategic spheres in intervened nations. But are these changes favourable to the wellbeing of societies at the recipient end?
The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway (University of London) is pleased to convene a virtual conference on the effects of military interventions. This conference will bring together distinguished scholars from multidisciplinary backgrounds who have critically examined effects of military interventions in their research. This conference will enable pooling and synthesizing current state of knowledge on how military interventions affect political, social, strategic and economic outcomes in intervened nations.
Thorsten Gromes is a speaker for Session 1: Military Interventions and the End to Mass Atrocities: Conditions for Success and Failure.
When: 20th of February 2021, 1:00 p.m. (GMT)
Where: Zoom | Link will be emailed after registration
Please find further information, the registration form and the programme on the conference page.