Thierry Tardy
Faculty Member, The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Associate Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research (Centre d’études et de recherche internationales – CERI) in Paris, France



Thierry Tardy of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy discusses the emerging idea of robust peacekeeping, exploring subsequent developments and applications within the global realm. For Tardy, robust peacekeeping breaks from conventional models in that tactical military force is employed not only within narrow understandings of self-defence, but also in line with broader, more vigorous mandates. This evolution has been inspired by the numerous operational failures of recent decades, in which problematic mandates prevented peacekeepers from employing military force in environments marked by widespread human rights abuses. Yet, does this transformation compromise the fundamental principles associated with peacekeeping operations? Tardy suggests that robust manifestations of peacekeeping are in line with contemporary evolutions in conflict, in which spoilers are increasingly common, and operational mandates have already expanded significantly. However, caution must be exercised. Tardy points to a number of concerns, namely the challenging distinction between robust peacekeeping and peace enforcement, the concern of sovereign infringement, and the geopolitical divide associated with states supplying either funding or personnel to peacekeeping operations.

Work by Dr. Thierry Tardy

  • Tardy, Thierry, “The UN and the Use of Force. A Marriage against Nature”, Security Dialogue, vol.38, n°1, March 2007.

Additional Resources

Recorded on August 2010