Searching for a Theory of International Peacekeeping

  • Oldřich Bureš
Keywords: Peacekeeping, conflict resolution, macrotheory, mid-range theory, international relations theory


This article offers a critical review of the few existing scholarly attempts to conceptualize and theorize the study of peacekeeping operations. It reveals that even though the study of peacekeeping operations is burgeoning, most of the available literature is idiosyncratic and atheoretical. Although some authors have recently utilized various concepts from international relations theory for analysis of peacekeeping operations, the potentially diverse international peacekeeping theories are yet to be fully integrated into international relations theory. After inspecting future research agendas outlined by the leading experts in the field, the author critiques the recent calls for a "macrotheory" of international peacekeeping.

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Oldřich Bureš



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