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Trade Potential and UN Peacekeeping Participation

Zhang, Shenghao (2021) 'Trade Potential and UN Peacekeeping Participation.' International Peacekeeping. ISSN 1353-3312

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Abstract

The determinants of a country's UN peacekeeping troop contribution have been persistently studied. Trade, as a crucial self-interest motivation, is one of the important explanatory variables in the extant literature. However, the existing literature presents mixed results on the influence of trade on peacekeeping troop contributions. To capture the effect of trade on contributions precisely, we need to model expectations about future trade volume in a better way. Countries are pressured by the economic and political risks caused by the trade disruption and lobby groups to send peacekeeping troops to enable future trade or secure future investments. Therefore, trade potential, rather than realized trade, drives peacekeeping troop contributions. A gravity model is used to measure the trade potential between the UN peacekeeping mission countries and contributors, and test its relationship with the UN peacekeeping participation. Based on this measurement and a dyadic troop contribution dataset covering the period from 1990 to 2012, this article demonstrates that the counter-factual predictive trade volume is a relevant predictor of UN peacekeeping troop contributions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trade potential; UN peacekeeping; gravity model
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 07:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 07:51
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30683

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