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Cognitus Academy Lecture Series: Peacekeeping Operations and Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Posted on: 28 May 2018

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Peacekeeping Operations and Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Speaker: Assistant Professor Daniel Chua (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University)

Date and Time: 9 June 2018, 3pm to 4pm

Venue: Cognitus Academy, Room 3

Brief Synopsis

Concepts covered: Human Security; Stages of Conflict; Peacekeeping; Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR); Responsibility to Protect

Case Studies: Operation Flying Eagle 2004; International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan

What happens when humanitarian crises strike? Humanitarian crises caused by natural disasters and conflict can potentially destabilise a nation-state. When governments are unable to manage the crises, the international community steps in. Although sanctioned by the United Nations, the outcome of peace support operations conducted by foreign forces does not always augur well. This lecture examines the complexity of peacekeeping operations and highlights the dilemma confronting the host and helping states in these humanitarian efforts.

About the Speaker

Daniel Chua is Assistant Professor with the Maritime Security Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), RSIS. He is also the Deputy Head of Graduate Studies and Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO), a summer programme for senior military officers from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. He currently teaches a course on the International History of Asia in the Master of Science (Asian Studies) at RSIS. Prior to his appointment at RSIS, Daniel taught courses in Asian Studies, Strategic Studies and Military History at the Australian National University, as well as in the Australian Defence Force Academy at UNSW, Canberra. 

Daniel’s research focuses on the history of foreign relations between the United States and Southeast Asia during the Cold War, traversing fields such as International History, Asian Studies, Cold War Studies and International Relations. His research on the history of Singapore-US relations has been published in journals such as Asian Studies Review, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and The International History Review. He is the author of US-Singapore Relations, 1965-1975: Strategic Non-alignment in the Cold War (NUS Press, 2017) and co-author of Singapore Chronicles: Diplomacy (Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press, 2015) and ASEAN 50: Regional Security Cooperation through Selected Documents (World Scientific, 2017). 

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