Perspectives on Peacekeeping and Atrocity Prevention

Expanding Stakeholders and Regional Arrangements

  • David Curran
  • Trudy Fraser
  • Larry Roeder
  • Robert Zuber

Part of the Humanitarian Solutions in the 21st Century book series (HSIC)

About this book


The current challenges and potential future of peacekeeping in an increasingly complex world take center stage in this far-reaching collection.

Contributors advance a nuanced picture of post-conflict environments across different areas of the globe while considering possible deployments of peacekeeping, traditional military, and UN forces in semi-autonomous complementary roles. Longstanding debate topics such as the need for a standing UN army and the field implementation of global right-to-protect concepts are discussed, as are emerging ideas in civilian protection, atrocity prevention, and balancing triage operations with long-term peacebuilding efforts. Other dispatches chronicle key issues and concerns regarding peacekeeping operations in Brazil, China, and diverse regions of Africa.

Included in the coverage:

  • Protecting strangers: reflections on a cosmopolitan peacekeeping capacity. 
  • Towards a standing UN force for peacekeeping.
  • Challenges posed by intervention brigades and other coercive measures in support of the protection of civilians.
  • Addressing the criminal accountability of peacekeepers.
  • The evolution of China’s role in peacekeeping and atrocity crime prevention.
  • Businesses and investors as stakeholders in atrocity crime prevention.

“In a refreshing and engaging manner, this edited volume represents a much-needed contribution to the debate on how best to address current security threats given the limitations and the possibilities of peacekeeping and atrocity prevention.”

Dr. Maria Stern, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

"This collection of articles effectively points to the challenges, complexities and sensitivities of preventing and halting mass atrocity crimes in part through the use of UN peacekeeping operations.”

Dr. György Tatár, Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass


Including a Foreword by Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide


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Editors and affiliations

  • David Curran
    • 1
  • Trudy Fraser
    • 2
  • Larry Roeder
    • 3
  • Robert Zuber
    • 4
  1. 1.University of CoventryCoventryUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.www.trudufraser.comNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.VAUSA
  4. 4.and Armed ConflictGlobal Action to Prevent WarNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16371-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16372-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9958
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9966
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