Our 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, with the aim of enhancing both academic and practical understanding of intervention.

We provide 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.


We conduct 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. This includes developmental projects situated within peace building and 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.

The aim of this project is to explore competing understandings of international intervention, such as the efforts by the Global North to influence the course of events in the Global South, in terms of when and how it occurs, what it is meant to achieve and whether it succeeds.

This project aims to build a teaching and research partnership between Birzeit University in Palestine, the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University in Serbia and the University of Surrey in Guildford in the UK. 

The project will support critical work on international intervention. It will evaluate how international intervention has been practised, document local voices in areas that have experienced international intervention and compare these with the views of policy makers in the UK. Following research training, students in the three locations will develop written and audio-visual course materials on intervention based on their conduct of this primary research and on their reading of the literature. Research training and film-making facilities will be provided to students in all three locations. Two summer-schools on intervention will be delivered (year two in Belgrade; year three in Birzeit). A substantial research project on global legitimacy and international intervention will be planned.

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We produce briefs for academics, policy-makers, the military, NGOs, and the corporate sector.


Precision Strike Warfare and International Intervention: Strategic, Ethico-Legal, and Decisional Implications


Aaronson M, Johnson A. (2013) Introduction. in (ed.) Hitting the Target? How New Capabilities are Shaping International Intervention Whitehall, London, UK : The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. 

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