1st Edition

External Interventions in Civil Wars The Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations

Edited By Stefan Wolff, Oya Dursun- Özkanca Copyright 2014

    This volume brings together expert case studies on a range of experiences of third-party interventions in civil wars. The chapters consider the role of a variety of organisations, including the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the African Union, and the Organization of American States.

    Each case study features a presentation and analysis of empirical data in two dimensions: the organisation’s general capabilities to carry out intervention in civil wars and, specific to one particular intervention, the conflict context in which it happened. This serves two purposes. First, to offer insights into the dynamics of each individual case and helping us understand the specific outcome of an intervention effort, i.e., why did a mission (partially) succeed or fail. Second, it enables us to make real comparisons between the cases and draw policy-relevant conclusions about the conditions under which military, civilian and hybrid intervention missions are likely to succeed.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Civil Wars.

    1. Regional and International Conflict Regulation: Diplomatic, Economic and Military Interventions  2. United Nations Peacekeeping in Timor-Leste  3. NATO’s Intervention in the Afghan Civil War  4. The African Union Mission in Burundi Annemarie  5. The Contribution of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to the Peace Process in Mindanao 6. European Union Conflict Management in the Western Balkans  7. Defending Democracy? Assessing the OAS’s 2002 Diplomatic Intervention in Haiti  8. The Response of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to the Crisis in Kyrgyzstan 


    Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK, and an expert and consultant on conflict management to several governments and international organisations.

    Oya Dursun-Özkanca is Associate Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College, USA. Her research interests include transatlantic security, Security Sector Reform, and peace-building.