Kelman Seminar: Where Do We Fit In? Rethinking the Role of EU Peacebuilding Missions

Event Date: Monday November 20, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Where Do We Fit In? Rethinking the Role of EU Peacebuilding Missions

A virtual talk with:


Kieran Doyle
Associate Professor, Department of International Development
Assistant Director, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention
Maynooth University


Monday, November 20, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)
Free and open to the public.


About the talk:

Dr. Kieran Doyle will begin his presentation exploring the EU’s approach to peacebuilding and questioning the EU’s global role as a crisis manager and capacity builder. He will highlight the significant contributions of the EU to civilian peacebuilding and critically evaluate the activities of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) within their rule of law and human rights peacebuilding missions.

Dr. Doyle will examine EU peacebuilding practices including the performance of its missions and how deployed personnel can professionalize their diplomatic (mediation, negotiation and dialogue facilitation) capacity to fully realize the potential of missions and exploit opportunities for expanding the vision of peace. Dr. Doyle will end by formulating and sharing policy recommendations for the future planning of EU external relations in post-conflict environments and offer insights into how to connect with people and communities in the aftermath of conflict.

About the speaker:

Dr Kieran Doyle is Associate Professor in the Department of International Development, and Assistant Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention in Maynooth University, Ireland. His teaching and research interests involve a high level of external engagement with key practitioners and organizations active in the practice of conflict intervention and development, peacebuilding, and restorative practice. Since 2013, Dr. Doyle has served as the Irish representative on the Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) based in the European External Action Service, Brussels. He was co-editor of the open-access Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis.

Since 2019, Dr. Doyle has reported to a preparatory committee of the European Council on mediation, negotiation, and dialogue capacity in Common Security and Defence Policy Missions.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.

 For more information on the Kelman Seminar Series, contact Donna Hicks at


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