We are pleased to announce that the 2010 Friends of ACUNS Biennial Book Award has been awarded to Lise Morjé Howard for their book on UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press).

Civil wars pose some of the most difficult problems in the world today and the United Nations is the organization generally called upon to bring and sustain peace. Lise Morjé Howard studies the sources of success and failure in UN peacekeeping. Her in-depth analysis of some of the most complex UN peacekeeping missions debunks the conventional wisdom that they habitually fail, showing that the UN record actually includes a number of important, though understudied, success stories. Using systematic comparative analysis, Howard argues that UN peacekeeping succeeds when field missions establish significant autonomy from UN headquarters, allowing civilian and military staff to adjust to the post-civil war environment. In contrast, failure frequently results from operational directives originating in UN headquarters, often devised in relation to higher-level political disputes with little relevance to the civil war in question. Howard recommends future reforms be oriented toward devolving decision-making power to the field missions.

About the Author
Lise Morjé Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and her A.B. in Soviet Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University. She was the founding Director of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown, and prior to beginning graduate school, served as Acting Director of UN Affairs for the New York City Commission for the United Nations. Dr. Howard’s research and teaching interests span the fields of international relations, conflict resolution, and comparative politics. Her work focuses on civil wars, peacekeeping, and international mediation.