4 years, 940 pages & over 55 contributors - The Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations

Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops is co-editor of this comprehensive, authoritative and accessible examination and critique of UN peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013.

The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations provides an innovative examination and critique of all 67 United Nations peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013. Since the late 1940s, but particularly since the end of the cold war, peacekeeping has been the most visible and one of the most important activities of the United Nations and a significant part of global security governance and conflict management. The volume offers a chapter-by-chapter chronological analysis, designed to provide a comprehensive overview that highlights the evolution, changing nature and overall impact of UN peacekeeping. It also includes a collection of thematic chapters that examine key issues such as 'major trends of peace operations', 'the link between peacekeeping, humanitarian interventions and the responsibility to protect', 'peacekeeping and international law', 'the UN's inter-organizational partnerships' and 'how to evaluate success or failure'.

This handbook brings together leading scholars and senior practitioners in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of the successes, failures and lessons learned of UN peacekeeping since 1948. This is a unique reference book for scholars and practitioners working in the field of international relations, international security, peacekeeping and global governance.


"The central message of the Handbook is that peacekeeping is much more successful than we all assume."

Read an interview on the book published by Global Peace Operations Review of NYU’s Center on International Cooperation with Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops and fellow co-editor Paul D. Williams.