CRIC Research Seminar: Downscaling Ambitions for Peacebuilding – University of Copenhagen

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CRIC Research Seminar: Downscaling Ambitions for Peacebuilding

CRIC has the pleasure of inviting you to the research seminar ‘Downscaling Ambitions for Peacebuilding: From Liberal Statebuilding to Military Capacity Building’ with postdoc Lise Philipsen from Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen.

Time and place

March 12th 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 in room 25.0.01 (CRIC's meeting room), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph K.


Lise Philipsen’s paper traces current developments in international peacebuilding and argues that the increasing focus on local ownership is symptomatic of a downscaling of political ambitions for international peacebuilding. Moving from an insistence on liberal democratic ideals to ”good enough” peacebuilding, recent military interventions in fragile states venture out into new ethical terrain, where military capacity is built on existing structures of authority, rather than with the explicit purpose of enforcing liberal democratic state structures. This fundamentally alters what peacebuilding politically entails. Exploring the recent peacebuilding efforts in Mali the paper explores the problems of such a “good enough” approach in responding to current threats in the international security environment and questions whether “good enough peacebuilding” is actually good enough in countering these threats.

Lise Philipsen has a Ph.d. in International Peacebuilding at Center for Advanced Security Studies, University of Copenhagen, and she has previously worked for the UN in Sierra Leone and conducted fieldwork there.

To sign up

Please send an email to no later than Tuesday March 6th and you will receive the academic paper that will be discussed during the seminar.

About research seminars at CRIC

The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper, and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants