Michael Kriner

Graduate Student


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.

Research Focus

 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.