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Richard Caplan

Richard Caplan

Fellow & Chair of Editorial Board

Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University and an Official Fellow of Linacre College. He has been a visiting professor/research fellow at Princeton University, Sciences Po, the Central European University (CEU), the University of Konstanz, and the European University Institute (EUI). His principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and international security, with a particular focus on peacekeeping and ‘post-conflict’ peace- and state-building.

Related activities


Professor Caplan is a member of the International Impact Review Group of the UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat and a member of the World Food Programme’s Peace Evidence Experts Research (PEER) Group. He has served as a Specialist-Advisor to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in the UK House of Commons, a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Editor of World Policy Journal, and New York Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). He has also served as a consultant to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.



Professor Caplan is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project ‘After Exit: Assessing the Consequences of United Nations Peacekeeping Withdrawal’, which is investigating conditions on the ground in countries that have played host to large-scale UN peacekeeping operations in the five-year period following the closure of these operations: https://afterexit.web.ox.ac.uk. He is also a Co-Investigator of the Oxford Martin School-funded programme on ‘Transboundary Resource Management’, which is exploring the scope for cross-border co-operation on natural resource management in the eastern Nile River Basin and the Jordan River Basin, where growing pressures on water and energy threaten regional destabilization: https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/transboundary-resource-management.


Selected publications


Measuring Peace: Principles, Practices, and Politics, Oxford University Press, 2019

Exit Strategies and State Building (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2012

Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia, Cambridge University Press, 2005

International Governance of War-Torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, 2005

A New Trusteeship? The International Administration of War-Torn Territories, Adelphi Paper No. 341, Oxford University Press/International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2002

Europe’s New Nationalism: States and Minorities in Conflict (ed. with J. Feffer), Oxford University Press, 1996

Areas of expertise

  • International Organisations and Security
  • Conflict Management
  • Peacekeeping Theory and Practice
  • ‘Post-conflict’ Peace- and State-building
  • Nationalism and Ethno-nationalist Conflict