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The More, the Merrier or Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? The Impact of Paralllel Peace Operations on Short- and Long-term Peace
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sending more than one peace operation simultaneously to the same conflict has become an ever more often observable phenomenon. However, little is known about the effectiveness of these parallel peace operations. It is argued that a higher number of peace operations can reduce the level of violence and foster democratisation efforts due to task-sharing and building on comparative advantages. With too many operations in the field, coordination problems can occur as a consequence of peace and security actors’ strife for political autonomy. A non-linear relationship is thus hypothesised. Applying a quantitative approach and analysing all intra-state conflicts from 1989 to 2014 with at least one peace operation, it is found that up to five operations sent in parallel can significantly reduce the number of battle-related deaths. Although hinting at more coordination problems in the area of peacebuilding, the results reveal that parallel peace operations are not having significant influence on the likelihood of democratisation. 

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2016. , 84 p.
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Social Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294506OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294506DiVA: diva2:930122
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Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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