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Laura Zanotti: Governing disorder

    Governing disorder book cover

The end of the Cold War created an opportunity for the United Nations to reconceptualize the rationale and extent of its peacebuilding efforts, and in the 1990s, democracy and good governance became legitimizing concepts for an expansion of UN activities. In Governing Disorder, Zanotti combines her firsthand experience of UN peacebuilding operations with the insights of Michel Foucault to examine the genealogy of post–Cold War discourses promoting international security. Zanotti also maps the changes in legitimizing principles for intervention, explores the specific techniques of governance deployed in UN operations, and identifies the forms of resistance these operations encounter from local populations and the (often unintended) political consequences they produce.


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    Laura Zanotti

Laura Zanotti, Associate Professor of Political Science, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2006. Her research and teaching include critical political theory as well as international organizations, UN peacekeeping, democratization and the role of NGOs in post-conflict governance. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Zanotti worked for more than 10 years at the United Nations, she served in peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Croatia (where she was the deputy Head of Mission), she was a Jean Monnet Fellow at The European University Institute.


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