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Shahar HAMEIRI (University of Queensland) – International Intervention and Local Politics

A Department of Politics seminar
Date8 November 2017
Time12:00 to 13:00
PlaceAmory A239C

Cais Brownbag seminar

International peace and statebuilding interventions have become ubiquitous since the 1990s. Their frequent failures, however, have prompted some researchers and practitioners to move beyond focusing on interveners’ ideas and approaches to analysing how their interactions with recipients shape outcomes. The recently published book by Shahar Hameiri, Caroline Hughes and Fabio Scarpello, International Interventions and Local Politics: Fragmented States and the Politics of Scale (Cambridge University Press, 2017), critically evaluates these analyses, advancing an innovative approach, placing the politics of scale at the core of the conflicts and compromises shaping the outcomes of international interventions. Different scales — e.g. local, national and international — privilege different interests, unevenly allocating power, resources and political opportunities. The utility of this framework will be demonstrated through the case study of Solomon Islands.

Shahar Hameiri is Associate Professor of International Politics and Associate Director of the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. He is co-author, with Lee Jones, of Governing Borderless Threats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and author of Regulating Statehood (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He tweets @ShaharHameiri.

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