Paul F. Diehl and Daniel Druckman, Evaluating Peace Operations (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), 238 pp.

Winner of the International Association for Conflict Management’s Outstanding Book Award, 2012!

There has been a great deal written on why peace operations succeed or fail…. But how are those judgments reached? By what criteria is success defined? Success for whom? Paul Diehl and Daniel Druckman explore the complexities of evaluating peace operation outcomes, providing an original, detailed framework for assessment.

The authors address both the theoretical and the policy-relevant aspects of evaluation as they cover the full gamut of mission goals—from conflict mitigation, containment, and settlement to the promotion of democracy and human rights. Numerous examples from specific peace operations illustrate their discussion. A seminal contribution, their work is a foundation not only for the meaningful assessment of peace operations, but also for approaches that can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

About the Authors
Paul F. Diehl is associate provost and Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas–Dallas. His most recent publications include Peace Operations and The Scourge of War: New Extensions of an Old Problem.

Daniel Druckman is professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Southern Queensland’s Public Memory Research Centre. He is author of Doing Research: Methods of Inquiry for Conflict Analysis, among numerous other publications, and coeditor with Paul Diehl of the five-volume Conflict Resolution.