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On the Frontline Every Day? Subnational Deployment of United Nations Peacekeepers

Ruggeri, A and Dorussen, H and Gizelis, T-I (2018) 'On the Frontline Every Day? Subnational Deployment of United Nations Peacekeepers.' British Journal of Political Science, 48 (4). 1005 - 1025. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

United Nations (UN) peacekeepers tend to be deployed to ‘hard-to-resolve’ civil wars. Much less is known about where peacekeepers are deployed within a country. However, to assess peacekeepers’ contribution to peace, it matters whether they are deployed to conflict or relatively safe areas. This article examines subnational UN peacekeeping deployment, contrasting an ‘instrumental’ logic of deployment versus a logic of ‘convenience’. These logics are evaluated using geographically and temporally disaggregated data on UN peacekeepers’ deployment in eight African countries between 1989 and 2006. The analysis demonstrates that peacekeepers are deployed on the frontline: they go where conflict occurs, but there is a notable delay in their deployment. Furthermore, peacekeepers tend to be deployed near major urban areas.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Han Dorussen
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 16:48
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 16:26
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16095

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