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Evaluating Peace Operations

Paul F. Diehl and Daniel Druckman
Evaluating Peace Operations
ISBN: 978-1-58826-733-7
ISBN: 978-1-58826-709-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-721-9
2010/238 pages/LC: 2010022286
"In this well-researched and challenging book, the authors ... develop a framework for assessing the success or failure of peacekeeping. The book goes beyond traditional peacekeeping concerns and discusses important variables that affect the process of postconflict peace building.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"With respect to peace operations, 'success' and 'failure' are small words that often have big consequences. By mapping out the many dimensions across which success can be measured, Diehl and Druckman’s new book provides a sophisticated template for analyzing different types of peace operations—while simultaneously shattering the illusion that evaluating these missions is ever easy."—Paul D. Williams, George Washington University


Winner of the International Association for Conflict Management's Outstanding Book Award, 2012!

There has been a great deal written on why peace operations succeed or fail.... But how are those judgments reached? By what criteria is success defined? Success for whom? Paul Diehl and Daniel Druckman explore the complexities of evaluating peace operation outcomes, providing an original, detailed framework for assessment.

The authors address both the theoretical and the policy-relevant aspects of evaluation as they cover the full gamut of mission goals—from conflict mitigation, containment, and settlement to the promotion of democracy and human rights. Numerous examples from specific peace operations illustrate their discussion. A seminal contribution, their work is a foundation not only for the meaningful assessment of peace operations, but also for approaches that can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.


Paul F. Diehl is Ashbel Smith Professor and associate provost at the University of Texas–Dallas. His most recent publications include Peace Operations and The Scourge of War: New Extensions of an Old ProblemDaniel Druckman is professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Southern Queensland’s Public Memory Research Centre. He is author of Doing Research: Methods of Inquiry for Conflict Analysis, among numerous other publications, and coeditor with Paul Diehl of the five-volume Conflict Resolution.


  • Evaluating Peace Operations.
  • An Evaluation Framework.
  • Core Peacekeeping Goals.
  • Beyond Traditional Peacekeeping.
  • Postconflict Peacebuilding.
  • Context Matters.
  • Putting It All Together.
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