On 1 February, Dr. Martijn Kitzen will talk about the consequences of peacekeeping missions. He is assistant professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) in Breda, the former Koninklijke Militaire Academie (KMA).
The world is not a safe place. There are about 35 major conflicts in the world today. Many institutions around the globe deploy activities intended to reach lasting peace. The Netherlands also participated and still participates in quite a number of peacekeeping missions around the world.
While peacekeeping is a noble aim and a lot of good work is done, there is a flipside of the coin that is often forgotten. Sometimes peacekeeping does not go without getting involved in violent conflicts and people even have to pay the highest price for it. What – apart from the obvious physical dangers soldiers have to face – are the impacts of military operations on the individual, families, society, culture, politics, economy and also the environment of both ‘sides’: the peacekeeping force and the countries in which it operates?
Our speaker on this topic is Dr. Martijn Kitzen, who is an (academic) expert on irregular warfare. He also participated in military missions to Cyprus (UN) and Uruzgan (NATO) in Afghanistan. He is thus in a unique position to combine both his personal experiences with scientific reflection. This promises to be a very interesting event!