The United Kingdom and United Nations peace operations

David Curran, Paul D. Williams

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This article analyses the United Kingdom’s (UK) approach to United Nations (UN) peace operations and whether Britain is prepared politically, bureaucratically, financially, and militarily to increase its contributions to them. The article begins with an overview of UK engagement with UN peacekeeping since 1956 before discussing the political issues that govern British decisions about peacekeeping. The third section then assesses several challenges that would need to be addressed in order for the UK’s increased participation in UN missions to be effective. Finally, the article outlines the main factors pushing the UK towards greater engagement with UN peace operations, including opinions voiced by select domestic, international, and institutional audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-651
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Peacekeeping
Issue number5
Early online date23 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Peacekeeping on 23rd September 2016, available online:


  • Peacekeeping
  • United Nations
  • United Kingdom
  • defence policy
  • foreign policy

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