Peacekeeping economics in Africa: sites of diffusion and exclusion?
Kwesi Aning (KAIPTC)
Morten Boas (NUPI)
Morten Bøås
Mats Utas (Nordic Africa Institute)
Start time:
29 June, 2013 at 14:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Where peacekeeping operations exists in Africa they also spawn their of worlds of economic interaction between locals and peacekeepers. This panel invites papers that explore the political, economic, social, cultural and normative issues arising from such peacekeeping economies in Africa.

Long abstract:

One of the ways in which actors, norms, institutions and technologies of governance diffuse across state borders in African countries in conflict is via multilateral peacekeeeping and peacebuilding operations. Most studies of peacekeeping focus either on the formal activities or underpinning ideologies and assumptions of peacekeeping. Yet where peacekeeping operations takes place in Africa, they also spawn their own worlds, replete with customs and norms, hierarchies, protocols and stereotypes - with significant impact on local economies. These peacekeeping economies are sites of interaction between the global and local, as when local people are employed by the mission (or individual mission members) or through economies of intimacy between local and international men and women. But these are also sites of exclusion and segregation. This panel will therefore explore what is (and is not) being diffused in and through peacekeeping economies in Africa - materially and non-materially - and to what effect, whether on the local or the peacekeeping project itself. We invite papers exploring the political, economic, social and normative issues arising from peacekeeping economies in Africa, with their complex mix of local-international interaction and segregation. Accepted papers may be among the papers of a planned special issue on peacekeeping economies