Julia Leib

Julia Leib
Universität Potsdam · Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam, Germany. In my research, I study the transitions from armed conflicts to sustaining peace. Additionally, my research interests include peace concepts, peacekeeping operations, third-party interventions, simulation games and set-theoretic methods.

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The peace processes in Liberia and Sierra Leone share similar contexts and have an interrelated history. They are also often portrayed as successful cases of peacebuilding. This conclusion seems valid, as war has not returned, and political power was handed over peacefully ; however, both cases differ with regard to the inclusiveness of the peace p...
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This article investigates local perceptions of international peacebuilding in Sierra Leone and Liberia and explains the need for an inclusive framework addressing peace and justice at the same time. These neighbouring countries in West Africa not only share the burden of an intertwined conflict history but have also been described as prototypes for...
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Zusammenfassung Dieser Beitrag reflektiert und ergänzt die aktuelle Diskussion über die Empfehlungen des Wissenschaftsrats zur Weiterentwicklung der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Wir richten dabei den Blick auf die vom Wissenschaftsrat attestierten Schwachstellen im Bereich empirisch-analytischer Methoden und erläutern ihre Auswirkungen auf Inte...
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How do active learning environments—by means of simulations—enhance political science students’ learning outcomes regarding different levels of knowledge? This paper examines different UN simulations in political science courses to demonstrate their pedagogical value and provide empirical evidence for their effectiveness regarding three levels of k...
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From the international perspective, the peace process in Liberia has generally been described as a successful model for international peacebuilding interventions. But how do Liberians perceive the peace process in their country? The aim of this paper is to complement an institutionalist approach looking at the security and justice mechanism in Libe...
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Verbessern Planspiele als aktive Lernmethode die Lernergebnisse von Student*innen der Friedens-und Konfliktforschung (FuK)? Dieser Beitrag untersucht verschiedene UN-Simulationen, um deren Effektivität in Bezug auf drei Wissensbereichen (Fakten- und Verfahrenswissen, Soft Skills) nachzuweisen. Im Gegensatz zu theoretischen Aussagen über die positiv...
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So friedlich war es noch nie in Europa wie seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges. Doch man muss nur die Nachrichten im Fernsehen einschalten, um zu sehen: Weltweit sieht die Bilanz ganz anders aus. Die Zahl der gewaltsam ausgetragenen Konflikte hat deutlich zugenommen.
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What shapes peace, and how can peace be successfully built in those countries affected by armed conflict? This paper examines peacebuilding in the aftermath of civil wars in order to identify the conditions for post-conflict peace. The field of civil war research is characterised by case studies, comparative analyses and quantitative research, whic...

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It is now widely recognized that the success of peacekeeping operations depends heavily on the way the mission is perceived and supported by the local population. Whether the population regards the mission as legitimate decides whether they are willing to accept the proposed measures and to cooperate with the armed forces. In order to establish the needed support, secure control over information and win local cooperation, every peacekeeping mission is in need of public diplomacy to communicate with stakeholders and the broader public. The emergence of social media will offer valuable opportunities in this regard. Today, the UN, its departments and sub-organizations maintain 54 social media accounts on various platforms and ten of the current 14 peacekeeping operations use social media to communicate with the public (see figure). Research is needed with regard to the extent to which these new communication channels can contribute to increased interactions between armed forces and local population, which is essential for the success of peace missions. The primary research objective of this project is thus to answer the following two overarching research questions: Which factors explain the variation in social media use by peacekeeping missions? Which communication strategies are mostly used by social media accounts of UN peacekeeping operations?
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How do simulations enhance political science students’ learning outcomes? This project examines different UN simulations in political science courses in order to demonstrate their pedagogical value and to provide empirical proof for their effectiveness.