|Bulletin n. 1/2017|
Kathman Jacob D., Melin Molly M.
|Who Keeps the Peace? Understanding State Contributions to UN Peacekeeping Operations|
|in International Studies Quarterly , vol. 61, issue 1, march , 2017 , 150-162|
|ABSTRACT: Recent research demonstrates that larger and better-equipped United Nations peacekeeping missions more effectively ensure peace and security. This raises an important question: what explains the willingness of member-states to contribute the substantial numbers of troops needed to achieve peacekeeping goals? We argue that narrow member-state security interests offer an important explanation. We find that states embroiled in an ongoing rivalry with another state in the international system contribute more personnel to ongoing missions. Additionally, we find that regimes concerned about coup attempts increase deployments to peacekeeping operations. In a more general sense, this article suggests that the provision of security by peacekeeping operations to their host states is partially dependent upon higher levels of insecurity elsewhere in the international system.|