Stepping out of the shadow: South America and peace operations. International Peacekeeping. Vol.17, No.5 (2010); pp.584-597.

South American states' contributions to peace operations have experienced rapid growth over the last decade. While this alone merits the attention of analysts, the growing North-South gap in the norms and practice of these missions places even greater emphasis on the natural intermediary functions these states can perform. Within the context of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, these states have begun to develop a distinctive approach to peacebuilding. After describing the basic historical and political features specific to the region, this introduction presents a special issue that explores that incipient model with an eye to providing analytical insights and stimuli to further research.

Kai Michael Kenkel,

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