Global Governance and Local Peace:

Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding

"Susanna P. Campbell has written a major contribution to our knowledge of peacebuilding. She has some good and bad news. The good news is that there are instances when peacebuilding does succeed. The bad news is that the odds are against it doing so. Why? Because it requires peacebuilders' willingness to be accountable to local populations. To do so, though, they need to work against a peacebuilding apparatus that gives incentives to country offices to take the path of least resistance and listen to those who are higher up on the food chain. Because it is unlikely that the apparatus is going to change, the message is for country offices to use their discretion in ways that give local populations a voice. A rare combination of theoretical sophistication and intensive fieldwork, this is the sort of book that both scholars and policymakers must read."

Michael Barnett
George Washington University, Washington DC



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Photo by Cynthia Hennebry

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service. My research and teaching addresses war-to-peace transitions, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international development and humanitarian aid, IO and INGO behavior, and the micro-dynamics of civil war and peace. I use mixed-method research designs and have conducted extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, and East Timor. 

 My first single-authored book, Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding, was published this year by Cambridge University Press. I am currently writing a new book which examines the behavior of international donors in war-torn countries. My academic publications have appeared in the International Studies Review, Journal of Global Security Studies, and International Peacekeeping, among others.

 In addition to research and teaching, I have led projects with a number of agencies, including the UN Peacebuilding Fund, the UNDP, the World Bank, DFID, and Care International. I received my PhD in 2012 from Tufts University. Prior to joining SIS, I held post-doctoral positions at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. 

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