cii - The Centre for International Intervention
cii – the Centre for International Intervention at the University of Surrey – is a new initiative designed to provide critical scrutiny of the range of interventions used in international relations today. These include developmental projects situated within peace building/state building operations in conflict-affected and “fragile” states, military intervention and humanitarian assistance in situations of extreme crisis, and ‘softer’ forms of intervention such as mediation and diplomacy. cii’s purpose is to develop an in-depth, solid, understanding of how interveners conceptualise, rationalise, and operationalise their interventions, of the response from recipient communities, and of the consequences for both. It undertakes this task with the aim of enhancing both academic and practical understanding of intervention.
cii provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, research, and data to enable local and international stakeholders from diverse fields and backgrounds to “make sense of international intervention” in line with the above perspective. It achieves this by carrying out innovative multi-disciplinary research into theoretical and practical dimensions of international intervention, developing strong collaborative links with other institutions involved in the study and practice of intervention, and organising workshops and conferences aimed at feeding back insights to relevant bodies and to inform future research in the area. This is done by producing briefs for different audiences including academics, policy-makers, the military, NGOs, and the corporate sector.
Executive Director: Professor Sir Michael Aaronson
Academic Director: Professor Marie Breen-Smyth
International Multidisciplinary Workshop
“Hitting the Target?”
How New Capabilities Are Shaping Contemporary International Intervention
University of Surrey, 12-13 July 2012Hitting the Target Programme (701.96KB - Requires Adobe Reader)
Related blog "Hitting the Target" by Mike Aaronson
The event was supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Surrey.
There is Nothing Like a Drone image courtesy of Carl Gopalkrishnan, Perth, Western Australia
22 May 2013
Whitehall Report Launch
“Hitting the Target?”
26 March 2013
Venue: RUSI, Whitehall
A Whitehall Report "Hitting the Target?" was produced in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). "Hitting the Target?" presents a series of analyses on the ethical, strategic and technological dimensions of contemporary intervention.
British Forces News (Interview with the cii Executive Director Prof Sir Mike Aaronson)
Short interviews with speakers can be viewed here
On the Receiving End:
Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies
1 - 8 July 2013, Belgrade, Serbia
the cii BLOG*
Research Centre Co-ordinator