This three-year (2016-2019) ARC DECRA research project examines an enduring question for peacekeeping: should United Nations peacekeepers take sides between conflict parties, or should they remain impartial brokers that assist combatants to find their own peace settlement? The research investigates six decades of peacekeeping practice in order to understand why peacekeepers take sides, how they do so, and the conditions under which partiality results in more (or less) effective peacekeeping. By conducting the first systematic study of partiality in peacekeeping and evaluating the effectiveness of this practice, the project contributes new data, theoretical tools and policy proposals for building international peace and stability.
Dr. Jeni Whalan
School of Political Science and International Studies
University of Queensland
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