1st Edition

UN Intervention Practices in Iraq A Discursive Approach to International Interventions

By Kerstin Eppert Copyright 2019

    This book analyzes UN intervention discourses and practices in Iraq and develops a deconstructive approach to international interventions.

    Hitherto, most analyses of the conflict in Iraq in 2003 have established the UN’s role as path-dependent on the foreign policy of the US and the UK, and largely portrayed it as a mediator and fervent opponent of international intervention. Analyzing the UN Security Council and the later UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) from 2000 to 2010, this book undoes this path-dependency and puts the UN’s relationship with Iraq center-stage. It develops a deconstructive, critical approach that identifies subject construction and reflexivity as central processes of intervention practices and concludes that (non-)intervention is deeply connected to the stabilization of political identities and representations. Using extensive primary data, the book contributes a new perspective on international interventions.

    This book will be of much interest to students of peace and conflict studies, intervention and statebuilding, Middle Eastern studies and International Relations.

    1. Introduction

    Part I: Theory and Methodology

    2. Researching Interventions as Discourses and Practices

    3. Deconstructing Knowledge Discourses and Security Practices in UN Interventions

    Part II: Analysis and Interpretation

    4. Stabilizing intervention in Iraq: UN Security Council 2000-03

    5. Contested Subject Constructions in the Council and UNAMI: Shaping the UNAMI from 2003 to 2010

    6. Conclusion


    Kerstin Eppert is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Bielefeld University, Germany. She holds a PhD in sociology.