Lise Morjé Howard is a senior scholar in residence with USIP’s Russia and Ukraine team for the 2022-23 academic year.

She is a tenured professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University and president of the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of international relations, comparative politics and conflict resolution.

Dr. Howard has previously held yearlong fellowships at Stanford University, Harvard University and the University of Maryland. She is fluent in French and Russian and speaks some Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Spanish and German. Prior to her career in academia, she served as acting director of U.N. affairs for the New York City Commission for the United Nations.

She earned her master’s and doctorate in political science from University of California, Berkeley, and her bachelor’s in Soviet studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. She holds certificates in philology and law from what is now St. Petersburg State University in Russia.

Dr. Howard has published articles and book chapters about civil wars, ethnocracy, peacekeeping, China’s role in the U.N. and American foreign policy in many leading outlets such as International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the British Journal of Political Science, International Peacekeeping, Global Governance, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy Magazine.

Her first book, “UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars,” won an award from the Academic Council on the U.N. System in 2010. Her other book, “Power in Peacekeeping,” won the 2020 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

Publications By Lise

A Look at the Laws of War — and How Russia is Violating Them

A Look at the Laws of War — and How Russia is Violating Them

Thursday, September 29, 2022

By: Lise Morjé Howard, Ph.D.

In recent weeks, Ukraine’s swift counteroffensive has led to the discovery of yet more heinous acts committed by Russian forces against Ukrainian military personnel and civilians. These add to a growing list of atrocities discovered in towns like Bucha and Irpin. Indeed, as the war has ground on, we have heard a lot about Russia committing crimes of aggression and crimes against humanity, possibly even genocide. The types of crimes are numerous and somewhat confusing. It’s worth taking a moment to sort out the differences between the basic categories of crimes, to better understand what’s happening in Ukraine, and to contemplate what these crimes may mean for the future of world peace.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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