Muddling on through? Cosmopolitan peacekeeping and the protection of civilians

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    Abstract

    This article analyses direct forms of the ‘protection of civilians’ (PoC) in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping, and how this links to aspirations outlined by cosmopolitan scholarship at the turn of the twentieth century. Its main contention is that cosmopolitan conceptions of peacekeeping, which advocate more active forms of civilian protection, have faced significant challenges in the UN peacekeeping system. These challenges (internal and external) are a result of the state-based nature of the UN, and its peacekeeping practice. Therefore, the UN’s flexibility to adopt ethical practices associated with PoC can only be contained within confined boundaries. The article takes as its starting point the aspirations of cosmopolitan scholarship before outlining policy development in UN peacekeeping concerning PoC. It then explores internal and external challenges faced in operationalizing PoC in UN peacekeeping practice before arguing that the UN may be at a stage where it is ‘muddling through’ in terms of PoC. The article contributes to debates about the role of peacekeeping in global politics, through seeking to understand the possible limits of cosmopolitanism within peacekeeping practice. Moreover, it offers a contemporary understanding of where the UN has developed PoC in its deployments and what challenges remain. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Peacekeeping on 1 Nov 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/ 10.1080/13533312.2016.1250627
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-85
    JournalInternational Peacekeeping
    Volume24
    Issue number1
    Early online date1 Nov 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Keywords

    • Peacekeeping
    • Cosmopolitanism
    • United Nations
    • Protection of Civilians

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