Examining the Effects of Humanitarian Military Interventions

Thorsten Gromes speaks on virtual conference on the effects of military interventions, organized by the University of London

South African UN Peacekeepers in the DR Congo. Photo: MONUSCO/ Myriam Asmani | CC BY-SA 2.0

Despite that most formal colonial regimes collapsed by mid-twentieth century, military inter­ventions (MIs) by major powers and multi­lateral agencies (the United Nations and NATO etc.) have con­tinued to take place. The United States and France inter­vened for about 15 and 10 years in various nations during 1950s which increased to 23 and 19 years during 1990s. Ongoing atro­cities and dis­orders in countries of interest for big powers such as Syria, Iraq and Af­ghanistan, and diffusion of ISIS-affiliates, particularly in Africa, suggest that the increasing trend in MIs is likely to continue.

In fact in the past two decades MIs have gained in­creasing level of legal and formal recog­nitions such as the United Nations’ World Summit unanimous adoption of resolution in favour of Respon­sibility to Protect in 2005 and France Defence White Paper of 2013 which enunciates inter­ventionism as an important policy measure to protect overseas interests. Military inter­ventions are mainly launched to influence favourable changes in economic, political and strategic spheres in inter­vened nations. But are these changes favourable to the well­being of societies at the recipient end?

The Depart­ment of Economics at Royal Holloway (University of London) is pleased to convene a virtual conference on the effects of military inter­ventions. This conference will bring together distinguished scholars from multi­disciplinary back­grounds who have critically examined effects of military interventions in their research. This conference will enable pooling and synthesizing current state of knowledge on how military inter­ventions affect political, social, strategic and economic out­comes in inter­vened nations. 

Thorsten Gromes is a speaker for Session 1: Military Interventions and the End to Mass Atrocities: Conditions for Success and Failure.


When: 20th of February 2021, 1:00 p.m. (GMT)
Where: Zoom | Link will be emailed after registration

Please find further information, the registration form and the programme on the conference page.