"Top-Down Peacemaking: Why Regional Peacemaking Begins With States and Ends With Societies"

CIS Seminar Series
USC Center for International Studies
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November 14, 2013
12:30 pm
University Park Campus
Social Sciences Building (SOS) (Map)

CIS welcomes Norrin Ripsman from Northern Illinois University.


This talk is based on a book MS, Top-Down Peacemaking, which explores the sources of peace between regional rivals.  With detailed case studies of the processes leading to the Franco-German, Egyptian-Israeii, and Israeli-Jordanian peace treaties, it explores whether peacemaking is driven by states (for realpolitik or regime survival reasons) or societies (for economic, normative or other reasons).  It finds that successful peace agreements are produced by statist considerations -- often over societal objections.  Nonetheless, for peace agreements to endure governmental/regime change, these top-down settlements need to be socialized within the belligerent societies after the fact.


Norrin Ripsman (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is a professor in political science with a specialization in international relations.  His research interests include the domestic sources of foreign security policy in democratic states, postwar peacemaking, neoclassical realism, constructing regional stability, the political economy of national security, and the impact of globalization on national security.  In addition to the selected publications noted below, he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Millennium: A Journal of International Studies, International Interactions, International Studies Review, Geopolitics, International Journal, and The Canadian Journal of Political Science.