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Conflict and Security

Unintended Consequence of Peacekeeping

This project aims at enhancing the understanding of the unintended and unwanted consequences of peacekeeping missions and develops strategies to avoid these negative after-effects in the future. It will have a particular focus on analyzing the ways in which local and foreign, military and non-military peacekeepers facilitate and maintain "shadow" economies in post-conflict zones.

Indeed positive benefits, economic or otherwise, accrue from peacekeeping missions but they also have negative impacts and their identification is a pressing concern. The negative effects include corruption, arms trade, drug smuggling, enslavement of women and children, and the clash of cultures between local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations or other International NGOs as a result of their different employment and remuneration policies and the kinds of gendered employment policies they practice.

This research will also enhance the understanding of how the presence of peacekeepers differently impacts on women and men living either in or in the vicinity of post-conflict zones. The findings will be fed directly into the peacekeeping community through the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC).

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