Explaining the intervention matrix: theory and practice from Northern and Southern perspectives

Start date

October 2013

End date

September 2016


The aim of this project was 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.

The seminars, which were the product of a collaborative design process across the academic, practitioner, and policy-making communities, aimed to make a substantial contribution to current debates about the nature, rationale, and impact of international intervention in a way that is informed by the priorities of key stakeholders in this field. The workshops provided a platform for evidence-based dialogue between governmental and non-governmental actors that will shape the development of a holistic theory of international intervention. This approach to intervention focuses on the interface between competing actors and political priorities, as well as the geostrategic considerations that determine foreign policy priorities.