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A Dutch return to UN peacekeeping?

Niels van Willigen (Institute of Political Science, Leiden University) puts Dutch participation in UN peacekeeping into an historical context. He analyses the reasons for the Dutch withdrawal from the 1990s onwards, and explores the obstacles and opportunities for a structural return. Van Willigen argues that the Dutch ‘return to UN peacekeeping’—exemplified by the decision to participate in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)—is mainly explained by domestic political dynamics, rather than a structural change in policy-making.

Niels van Willigen
16 November 2016
International Peacekeeping
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