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UN peacekeeping is a core pillar of the multilateral peace and security architecture and a multi-billion-dollar undertaking reshaping lives around the world. In spite of this, the engagement between the literatures on UN peacekeeping and International Relations theory has been a slow development. This has changed in recent years, and there is now a growing interest tin examining UN peacekeeping from various theoretical perspectives to yield insights about how international relations are changing and developing. The volume is the first comprehensive overview of multiple theoretical perspectives on UN peacekeeping. There are two main uses of this volume. First, this volume provides the reader with insights into different theoretical lenses and how they can be applied practically to understanding UN peacekeeping better. Second, through case studies in each chapter, the volume provides practical examples of how International Relations theories – such as realism, liberal institutionalism, rational choice institutionalism, sociological institutionalism, feminist institutionalism, constructivism, critical security studies, practice theory, and complexity theory – can be applied to a specific policy issue. Applying these theories enhances our understanding of why UN peacekeeping, as an international institution, has evolved in a particular direction and functions the way that it does. The insights generated in the volume can also help shed light on other international institutions as well as the broader issue of international co-operation.

Kseniya Oksamytna and John Karlsrud

International Relations (IR) theories may seem abstract and arcane. With this book, we want to dispel this stereotype. The contributors to this volume demonstrate how IR theories can be applied to a very practical problem: UN peace operations, 1 one of the main instruments of international conflict management. Besides peace operations, the chapters shed light on many other aspects of international affairs, such as multilateral co-operation, the role of international bureaucracies, and evolution

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory
An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister
Juliano Fiori

sought to give our presence a more humanitarian character, for it not to be exclusively military. Some people even spoke of it as a different type of peace operation. But, sure, it wasn’t perfect. There were errors, too. JF: A last question. During the first decade of the twenty-first century, Brazil became a protagonist in multilateral negotiations, pushing for changes at the WTO, reform of the UN Security Council. It was instrumental in the formation of new negotiating blocs: the G20, G3, G4, the BRICS. It didn’t just take positions on matters

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Open Access (free)
Brad Evans

political claim to resistance from a different ideological persuasion. All the while, liberal peace operations often normalised vulnerability and insecurity in lands where peace once resided. And yet the ontologising of vulnerability came up against its own violent limits, drawing forth the pent-up rage and anger among downtrodden white populations in the liberal democratic West. We could return here to the enduring appeal of Immanuel Kant, who was the first to propose the idea of a perpetual peace. Notwithstanding contentions regarding Kant’s racism and lack of concern

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Aid Industry and the ‘Me Too’ Movement
Charlotte Lydia Riley

Searle , L. ( 2017 ), ‘ Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peace Operations: Trends, Policy Responses and Future Directions ’, International Affairs , 93 : 2 , 365 – 87 . Wootliff , J. and Deri , C. ( 2001 ), ‘ NGOs: The New Super

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
International Relations theory and the study of UN peace operations
Mats Berdal

present volume use the term. Instead, they see themselves as drawing on broad ‘theoretical traditions’ and ‘programmes’ that do not necessarily form coherent bodies of thought, and within which there are often several strands, but which can nonetheless generate critical questions and help illuminate under-studied and neglected dimensions of the UN's rich and multilayered peacekeeping experience. Thus, as Marion Laurence and Emily Paddon Rhoads persuasively demonstrate, the ‘constructivist toolkit is well-suited to answering questions about how UN peace operations

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory
Georgina Holmes

design of gender-just peace operations. Pillar One of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) calls for the participation of women at all decision-making levels, including in international, regional, and national security institutions and in preventing, managing, and resolving conflict. Women's meaningful participation cannot be achieved without institutional change, often facilitated by equality and diversity initiatives and gender-sensitive Security Sector Reform programmes within the institutions engaged in peacekeeping, and within

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory
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Marion Laurence and Emily Paddon Rhoads

can deepen and enrich understanding of UN peacekeeping, and to demonstrate how the study of UN peace operations can contribute to wider debates in the field of IR. The first area is a micro-level focus on how peacekeepers interpret and implement norms in practice. The second area emphasises interactions between UN missions and surrounding communities, especially peacekeepers’ effect on local norms, identities, and cultures. The third involves macro-level analyses of peacekeeping's prospects and place in a shifting global order. What is

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory
Lucile Maertens

operations” and related “humanitarian” relief missions are significant in sustaining a particular representation of global governance norms’. Drawing on the work of Cox and Duffield, he then deconstructs peace operations that ‘can be considered as forms of riot control directed against the unruly parts of the world to uphold the liberal peace’ (2004: 41). This critical take on peacekeeping echoes a growing literature in CSS which challenges our understanding of peace operations in world politics. Whilst peacekeeping has not been extensively explored in CSS, scholarship in

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory
Yf Reykers

one crisis and not another? Why are Western peacekeepers an exception rather than the rule? How autonomous is the UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO) from the UN Security Council (UNSC)? How much leeway do deployed forces enjoy in implementing the increasingly forceful mandates? Can the UN hold accountable non-UN forces with enforcement mandates? And under what conditions are mandates extended, revised, or concluded? Answering these questions requires paying attention to the preference heterogeneities among UNSC members, information asymmetries between the UNSC

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory