Peace Support Operations: Nordic Perspectives brings together Nordic academics working in the field of peace support operations broadly defined. It contains a collection of articles that present different theoretical approaches to the study of peace support operations and contribute to enhance the knowledge of the Nordic countries’ participation in such operations. Its case studies describe the development of peacekeeping forces from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the face of evolving threats to world security over the past sixty years, and how each country's reaction has differed. The conflicts covered in this study include the Cold War, the Balkan conflict, the first Gulf War and the Malawian ethnic conflict. Thus, it constitutes a contribution to the academic field in both a theoretical and an empirical sense.
This book was previously published as a special issue of International Peacekeeping
Introduction Eli Stamnes. The Construction of Conflict Prevention Policies: Similarities and Differences among the Nordic Countries Annika Björkdahl. A Few Kind Women: Gender Essentialism and Peacekeeping Operations Johanna Valenius. Nordic Peace Support Operations From a Foreign Policy Perspective Timo Kivimäki. Track-Record of the Nordic Countries from 1991-1999 Andreas Andersson. Deployments for Development? Nordic Peacekeeping Efforts in Africa Ståle Ulriksen. A Super Peacekeeper’s Adaptation to the Post Cold War Approach: Continuities and Changes in the Finnish Debate Unto Vesa. Military and Political Implications of Participation in Peace Support Operations for Small Countries: The Case of Norway Torunn Laugen Haaland. Still Punching above their Weight? – Nordic Peace Support Operation Cooperation after the Cold War Peter Viggo Jakobsen. Concluding Remarks Eli Stamnes