Kseniya Oksamytna and John Karlsrud (Editors), United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory (Manchester University Press, 2020).

United Nations peace operations have undergone multiple transformations over the more than seventy years of their existence. Multidimensional peace operations have organised elections, helped deliver humanitarian assistance, advised on army and police reform, and fought rebel groups. Such operations not only represent a core pillar of the multilateral peace and security architecture but also fundamentally reshape lives of millions of people around the world.

This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of multiple theoretical perspectives on UN peace operations. It offers practical examples of how International Relations theories apply to specific policy issues and simultaneously demonstrates how major debates on UN peace operations – on civilian protection, local ownership, or gender mainstreaming – benefit from theoretical exploration. With insightful contributions from a range of international academics, UN peace operations and International Relations theory is an essential book for scholars, students, and experts working on peace and security and the broader issue of international cooperation.

About the Editors

Kseniya Oksamytna is Research Associate on an ESRC-funded project ‘Democratization and UN Peacebuilding’ in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She has published on the UN Security Council’s engagement with human rights NGOs, Ukraine’s participation in peacekeeping, and the EU’s military training mission in Somalia. Her latest articles are ‘Leadership Selection in United Nations Peacekeeping’ (International Studies Quarterly, 2020) and ‘Only as fast as its troop contributors: Incentives, capabilities, and constraints in the UN’s peacekeeping response’ (Journal of Peace Research, 2020).
John Karlsrud is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of, inter alia, the journals International Peacekeeping and Contemporary Security Policy. Karlsrud has been a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University and visiting Research Fellow at the International Peace Institute. He has recently published The UN at War (Palgrave, 2018) and edited Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms: From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation (Routledge, 2019, with Yf Reykers).