Conduct and Discipline in Un Peacekeeping Operations: Culture, Political Economy and Gender

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Catherine Lutz

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Matthew Gutmann

Brown University - Watson Institute for International Studies

Keith Brown

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Date Written: October 2009

Abstract

Systematic patterns of sexual exploitation and abuse have emerged around UN peacekeeping missions over the course of many years. These include, most egregiously, peacekeepers’ exchange of UN food supplies or money for sex with young girls and sometimes boys as well as sexual assault. This paper examines the cultural and political economic roots of the problem, focusing on the relationship between ideas and attitudes about culture, gender, sexuality, and peacekeeping as those influence the nature and extent of SEA. It offers a political economic and cultural framework for understanding the problem, which is proposed to replace frameworks currently in broad if often tacit use in the UN.

Keywords: UN peacekeeping, sexual exploitation and abuse

Suggested Citation

Lutz, Catherine and Gutmann, Matthew and Brown, Keith, Conduct and Discipline in Un Peacekeeping Operations: Culture, Political Economy and Gender (October 2009). Watson Institute for International Studies Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2323758 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2323758

Catherine Lutz (Contact Author)

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Matthew Gutmann

Brown University - Watson Institute for International Studies ( email )

111 Thayer Street
Box 1970
Providence, RI 02912-1970
United States

Keith Brown

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs ( email )

111 Thayer Street
Box 1970
Providence, RI 02912-1970
United States

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