Peacekeeping and IR Theory: Phantom of the Opera?

  title={Peacekeeping and IR Theory: Phantom of the Opera?},
  author={M. Pugh},
  journal={International Peacekeeping},
  pages={104 - 112}
  • M. Pugh
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • International Peacekeeping
The article identifies a gap in peacekeeping studies. Scholars have not explicitly related peace operations to theories of knowledge that inform debates in International Relations about the nature of world politics. Peacekeeping's hybridity in IR theory was perhaps related to its Cold War exceptionalism and marginalization. Further, as a curiosity in military affairs, soldiers and scholars were chiefly concerned about whether it did any good and how it could be improved upon. Deference to… Expand
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