Professor Richard Caplan

Professor of International Relations; Fellow of Linacre College


Professor Richard Caplan’s principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and conflict management, with a particular focus on peacekeeping and post-conflict peace- and state-building. He is the Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project 'After Exit: Assessing the Consequences of United Nations Peacekeeping Withdrawal', which is investigating conditions on the ground in countries that have hosted large-scale UN peacekeeping operations. (See the After Exit website for more details.)

He is also Co-Investigator of the Oxford Martin School-funded programme on 'Transboundary Resource Management', which is exploring the scope for cross-border co-operation on natural resource management in the eastern Nile River Basin and Israel, Palestine and Jordan, where growing pressures on water and energy threaten regional destabilisation. (See the Oxford Martin School website for more details.)

Professor Caplan is a member of the World Food Programme’s Peace Evidence Experts Research (PEER) Group and a member of the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s International Research Working Group on Peacekeeping. He has served as a member of the International Panel of the UK National Security Risk Assessment; a Specialist-Advisor to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in the UK House of Commons; a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); Editor of World Policy Journal; and New York Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). He has also served as a consultant to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.


  • Armed conflict
  • International security
  • International organizations and conflict management
  • United Nations
  • Peacekeeping
  • Post-conflict peace- and state-building
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • International Relations

Media experience

Professor Caplan has experience of working with the media including radio and television interviews.