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Richard Caplan

Richard Caplan

(MA PhD (Lond))

Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow, Linacre College
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Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow of Linacre College. His principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and conflict management. His current research is focused on post-conflict peace- and state-building. He recently completed a project on 'Exit Strategies and Peace Consolidation' that examined the empirical experiences of, and scholarly and policy questions associated with, exit in relation to four types of international operations where state-building has been a major objective: colonial administrations, complex peace operations, transformative military occupations and international administrations. (For details, see:

Professor Caplan is currently engaged in research on how the principal peacebuilding actors within the United Nations system differ in their understandings of the characteristics of and requirements for a consolidated peace, and the implications that these differences have for the formulation and implementation of coherent peacebuilding strategies. The project will focus on the technical, organizational and political challenges of devising operational measures of effectiveness, in particular measures of progress towards the achievement of a consolidated peace.

Professor Caplan has served as a Specialist-Advisor to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in the UK House of Commons; a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); Editor of World Policy Journal; and New York Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). He has also served as a consultant to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and to various national governments. From 2009-13 he was a UK representative on a European research consortium examining new challenges to peacekeeping and the EU's role in multilateral crisis management, and from 2009-11 he was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.

Books and monographs

  • Exit Strategies and State Building, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012 (ed.).
  • Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005 (ppbk 2007).
  • International Governance of War-Torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005 (ppbk 2006).
  • A New Trusteeship? The International Administration of War-Torn Territories, Adelphi Paper No. 341, Oxford: Oxford University Press/International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2002.
  • Europe’s New Nationalism: States and Minorities in Conflict, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996 (ed. with John Feffer).
  • Post-Mortem on UNPROFOR: Lessons of UN Peacekeeping in Former Yugoslavia, London Defence Study No. 33, London: Brassey’s/Centre for Defence Studies, 1996.
  • State of the Union: The Clinton Administration and the Nation in Profile, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994 (ed. with John Feffer).

Recent articles and book chapters

  • 'Why Peace Endures: An Analysis of Post-Conflict Stabilization' in European Journal of International Security, forthcoming (with A. Hoeffler).
  • 'Some Implications of the ICJ Advisory Opinion for Resolution of the Serbia-Kosovo Conflict' in M. Milanovic and M. Wood, eds., The Law and Politics of the Kosovo Advisory Opinion, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 (with S. Wolff).
  • 'Measuring Peace Consolidation' in Rethinking State Fragility, London: British Academy, 2015.
  • 'European Organizations and the Governance of Ethno-cultural Diversity' in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 20:3 (July-September 2014).
  • 'United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)' in J.A. Koops, N. MacQueen, T. Tardy and P.D. Williams, eds., Oxford Handbook on United Nations Peace Operations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • 'The Recognition of New States and the Protection of Minorities Rights in Yugoslavia' in L. Foisneau et al., eds., Spheres of Global Justice, Vol. 1: Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy: Political Participation, Minorities and Migration, Dordrecht, Springer, 2013.
  • ‘International Interventions in Nationalist Disputes' in J. Breuilly, ed., Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • 'Regional Approaches to Statebuilding: The European Union' in M. Berdal and D. Zaum, eds., The Political Economy of Statebuilding: Power after Peace, London: Routledge, 2013 (with S. Economides and O. Anastasakis).
  • 'Devising Exit Strategies', Survival: Global Politics and Strategy 54:3 (June-July 2012).
  • 'The Normative Underpinnings of UN Peacebuilding' in J. Mayall and R. Soares de Oliveira, eds., The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States, London: Hurst, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011 (with R. Ponzio).
  • 'Seeing the Responsibility to Protect in Perspective: A Reply to Gareth Evans' in Ethnopolitics 10:1 (March 2011).
  • ‘The Western Balkans: On the Path to Stability' in M. D. Cavelty and V. Mauer, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies, London: Routledge, 2010. 
  • 'Transitional Administration' in V. Chetail, ed., Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: A Lexicon, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • ‘The Security Council and the Administration of War-Torn and Contested Territories' in V. Lowe, A. Roberts, J. Welsh and D. Zaum, eds., The UN Security Council and War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • 'Governance: Rule and Reconstruction after War' in D. Grenfell and P. James, eds., Rethinking Insecurity, War and Violence: Beyond Savage Globalization? London: Routledge, 2008.
  • ‘From Collapsing States to Neo-Trusteeship: The Limits to Solving the Problem of "Precarious Statehood" in the 21st Century', Third World Quarterly 28:2 (March 2007). Reprinted in M.T. Berger and D.A. Borer, eds., The Long War--Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Collapsing States. London: Routledge, 2008.


  • 'The ICJ's Advisory Opinion on Kosovo' PeaceBrief 55, United States Institute of Peace, 17 September 2010. 
  • 'Managing Transition: Exit Strategies and Peace Consolidation' in Managing Complexity: Political and Managerial Challenges in United Nations Peace Operations, New York, International Peace Institute, July 2009.
  • 'Measuring Peace Consolidation and Supporting Transition', Briefing Paper prepared for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, March 2008.


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