RIPS: Gary Uzonyi, "Protecting Civilians at Home and Abroad"


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  • Host Department: Political Science
  • Date: 02/24/2012
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM

  • Location: Eldersveld Room (5670 Haven Hall)

  • Description: Why do leaders who routinely abuse their citizens, violate human rights, and use violence at home work to maintain peace and protect civilians abroad? Extant explanations on civilian protection focus on democratic norms and humanitarian pressures from within the state. These arguments clearly cannot explain why repressive states, who lack domestic humanitarian pressures and peaceful democratic practices, would work to protect foreign civilians abroad. I argue that repressive regimes take these actions to stop civil unrest in other states for fear that such conflict may diffuse to their state through refugee and arms flows. This motivation has serious implications for how repressive states conduct peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions.

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