Whose Peace?: Local Ownership and United Nations Peacekeeping by Sarah B.K. von BillerbeckWhose Peace?: Local Ownership and United Nations Peacekeeping by Sarah B.K. von Billerbeck

Whose Peace?: Local Ownership and United Nations Peacekeeping

bySarah B.K. von Billerbeck

Hardcover | December 30, 2016

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Recent years have seen an increasing emphasis on local ownership in United Nations peacekeeping. Advocates assert that it boosts the legitimacy and sustainability of peacekeeping by helping to preserve the principles of self-determination and non-imposition in an activity that can contravenethem. However, whether this assertion holds in practice has not been backed up by careful conceptual and empirical analysis. This book fills this gap by mapping the discourse, understandings, and operationalization of local ownership in UN peacekeeping, both from the perspective of the UN and local actors. Drawing on the case of the UN peacekeeping operation in DR Congo and a number of other cases, it shows that despiteits regular invocation of local ownership discourse, the UN operationalizes ownership in restrictive ways that are intended to protect the achievement of operational goals but which consequently limit self-determination and increase external imposition on the host country. This gap between therhetoric and reality of ownership suggests that the UN uses local ownership primarily as a discursive tool for legitimation, one intended to reconcile conflicting normative and operational imperatives that it faces. However, because its actions do not match its rhetoric, the UN's attempts togenerate legitimacy through discourse appear to fall flat, particularly in the eyes of local actors, and because of contradictions in the ways that the UN operationalizes local ownership, it also inhibits the achievement of its operational goals as well.
Dr. Sarah von Billerbeck is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading. Her research focuses on UN peacekeeping, civil war and post-conflict reconstruction, the UN, institutional legitimacy, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She previously worked for the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, the American R...
Title:Whose Peace?: Local Ownership and United Nations PeacekeepingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:December 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Conflicting Normative and Operational Imperatives: A Conceptual Framework3. The Evolution and Discourse of Local Ownership4. Understandings of Local Ownership5. Operationalizations of Local Ownership: Practices6. Operationalizations of Local Ownership: Actors7. Local Ownership: A Discursive Tool?8. Local Ownership: An Operational Obstacle?9. ConclusionAnnex I: List of IntervieweesAnnex II: List of UN Peacekeeping Operations, 1948-2016