CISSM Forum | September 26, 2013

"The Morality of Peacekeeping"

by Daniel Levine, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, and CISSM Research Fellow

Peacekeeping, peace enforcement and "stability operations" ask soldiers to use violence to create peace, defeat armed threats while having no enemies and uphold human rights without taking sides. The justice of "humanitarian intervention" and "the responsibility to protect" fascinates analysts and practitioners alike when the world is watching crises unfold and wondering whether to step in. But once the cavalry has been sent in -- often funded by wealthy nations, but with individuals from the developing world on the ground -- less attention is paid to the moral challenges peacekeepers face. What are the moral challenges of peacekeeping -- challenges likely to be characteristic of an increasing number of military engagements? And how can peacekeepers meet those challenges?

About the speaker

Daniel H. Levine is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and a CISSM Research Scholar specializing in moral and philosophical issues surrounding international law, civil conflict, and peacekeeping operations.  Dr. Levine also works with the Education Program of the US Institute of Peace, where he oversees work with the Iraqi higher education community. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University, where he taught courses on the philosophy of law, and a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He has also been an activist with Amnesty International and the Save Darfur Coalition.