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Michael Kriner

Graduate Student

Michael Kriner

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Global Studies, Providence College (2011)
  • M.S. in Global Affairs, New York University (2018)


I am a PhD student in International Relations, with a minor in Comparative Politics. My research focuses on the impacts of peacekeepers from authoritarian regimes on peace operations.


International relations, peacekeeping, peacebuilding


  • Government


 My dissertation project seeks to understand how peacekeepers from authoritarian regimes impact peace operations' outcomes. I employ a mixed-methods approach to explore how security forces are trained and utilized in authoritarian countries, and how this translates to performance in peace operations. I also assess how political elites from authoritarian countries, who deploy as part of the political wing of peace operations, affect outcomes like elections in the host country.