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Taking Sides in Peacekeeping: Impartiality and the Future of the United Nations

Emily Paddon Rhoads


UN peacekeeping has undergone radical transformation in the new millennium. Once limited in scope and based firmly on consent of all parties, contemporary operations are charged with penalizing spoilers of peace and protecting civilians. Despite its more aggressive stance, practitioners and academics continue to affirm the vital importance of impartiality while stating that its meaning has changed. Taking Sides explores this transformation and its implications, in the first conceptual and empirical study of impartiality in peacekeeping. It conceptualizes impartiality as a ‘composite’ norm, one ... More

Keywords: peacekeeping, peacekeepers, impartiality, United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo, protection of civilians, use of force, norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747246
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Paddon Rhoads, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College