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2019 Paterson Public Lecture

  • Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) 355 Cooper Street Ottawa, ON, K2P 0G8 Canada (map)

Dr. Susan Woodward is a Professor in the PhD Program in Political Science at The Graduate Centre, City University of New York. Previously, she held appointments at the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College at the University of London, the Brookings Institution in Washington, Yale University, Williams College, and more. In 1994, Dr. Woodward served as the Head of the Analysis and Assessment Unit in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for UNPROFOR. Her research interests include civil war, post-conflict policies including peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and statebuilding, and international intervention. She has written three books on the subject: the Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War (Washington, Bookings Press, 1995); Socialist Unemployment: The Political Economy of Yugoslavia, 1945-1990 (Princeton: Princeton University, 1995), winner of the 1996 Hewett Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. Her most recent book, The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines the origins of the concept of ‘failed states’ and how that concept influenced post-Cold War security and aid interventions.

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