This edited volume provides a comprehensive analysis of European approaches to United Nations peacekeeping by assessing past practice, present obstacles and future potentials related to nine core European countries’ contributions to blue helmet operations. By providing in-depth case studies on Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, this book offers an evaluation of European approaches as well as a wide range of facilitating and constraining factors related to the above mentioned countries’ future involvement in UN peacekeeping. The book places particular emphasis on the recent involvement of European countries in the UN operation in Mali (MINUSMA) and explores to what extent this experience might lead to further marked increases of European supplies of troops and capabilities and thus a broader ‘European return’ to UN peacekeeping. Each chapter offers an up-to-date case study on key countries’ policies, challenges and opportunities for a stronger re-engagement in UN Peacekeeping It provides a comprehensive analysis of the main challenges and concrete ways ahead for overcoming institutional, political, financial and military obstacles (both at European capitals and within the UN system) on the path towards a stronger re-engagement of European troop contributing countries in the field of UN Peacekeeping. Furthermore, each chapter includes a set of policy-relevant recommendations for future ways ahead. The chapters in this book were originally published in International Peacekeeping.
Introduction: A European return to United Nations peacekeeping? Opportunities, challenges and ways ahead
Joachim A. Koops and Giulia Tercovich
France: the unlikely return to UN peacekeeping
The United Kingdom and United Nations peace operations
David Curran and Paul D. Williams
Germany and United Nations peacekeeping: the cautiously evolving contributor
Joachim A. Koops
Italy and UN peacekeeping: constant transformation
A Dutch return to UN peacekeeping?
Niels van Willigen
Europe’s return to UN peacekeeping? Opportunities, challenges and ways ahead – Ireland
Denmark and UN peacekeeping: glorious past, dim future
Peter Viggo Jakobsen
Sweden and the UN: a rekindled partnership for peacekeeping?
Claes Nilsson and Kristina Zetterlund
Between self-interest and solidarity: Norway’s return to UN peacekeeping?
John Karlsrud and Kari M. Osland