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Jarat Chopra

Brown University


Who are you and what do you do? [0:32]

Why was the UN peacekeeping operation in Cambodia so significant? [2:18]

What were the consequences of UN involvement in Cambodia? [1:01]

How was the use of military force to protect civilians in northern Iraq in 1991 significant? [1:25]

How did the events in Somalia in the 1900s dampen the enthusiasm for U.S. humanitarian intervention? [2:34]

How was the UN military intervention in the former Yugoslavia significant? [1:12]

What were important lessons of the UN intervention in East Timor? [1:59]

Why is it important for high school students to learn about these issues? [0:51]


Jarat Chopra is visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. Chopra is an expert on international law, international society and organization, and peace operations. From November 1999 to March 2000, he was head of district administration for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). In this position, he helped to establish a local civil governance system in the newly independent nation. Since 2000, he has been working on a book about his experiences in East Timor with the UN mission.

Chopra is the author of The Politics of Peace-Maintenance (Lynne Rienner,1998); Peace-Maintenance: The Evolution of International Political Authority (Routledge, 1999); and Fighting for Hope in Somalia and National Self-Determination of the Western Saharan (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, 1995 and 1994 respectively). He received his LL.M. and doctorate from the University of Cambridge in international studies.