ICAS Event: Book Talk - "Legitimacy and the Use of Armed Force: Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era by Chiyuki Aoi"

Friday, December 10, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207 (Access)
Chiyuki Aoi
Robert Dujarric, Director, ICAS
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This book examines the concept of legitimacy as it may be used to explain the success, or failure, of key stability operations since the end of the Cold War.

In the success of stability operations, legitimacy is key. In order to achieve success, the intervening force must create a sense of legitimacy of the mission among the various constituencies concerned with and involved in the venture. These parties include the people of the host nation, the host government (whose relations with the local people must be legitimate), political elites and the general public worldwide;including the intervening parties’ own domestic constituencies, who will sustain (or not sustain) the intervention by offering (or withdrawing) support. This book seeks to bring into close scrutiny the legitimacy of stability interventions in the post-Cold War era, by proposing a concept that captures both the multi-faceted nature of legitimacy and the process of legitimation that takes place in each case. Case studies on Liberia, Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iraq explain how legitimacy related to the outcome of these operations. For more information about the book click here.


Chiyuki Aoi, Ph.D is Associate Professor of International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo). She is also a Lecturer at the Joint Staff College, the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD, Tokyo). Between September 2008-September 2009, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London.

Aoi was educated at Sophia University (BA), the University of Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS), and Columbia University (PhD). She is author of numerous books and articles on international security and on stability and peace support operations, including Legitimacy and Use of Armed Force: Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era, Routledge (Contemporary Security Studies Series), 2010; and co-editor, with Cedric de Coning and Ramesh Thakur, of Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations University Press, 2007. For five years she held professional positions at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations University (UNU). Her biography can be viewed here.

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