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


Lutz, Catherine, Matthew Gutmann, and Keith Brown. 2009. Conduct and Discipline in UN Peacekeeping Operations: Culture, Political Economy and Gender. Providence, RI: Watson Institute for International Studies.

Authors: Catherine Lutz, Matthew Gutmann, Keith Brown


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.

Topics: Economies, Gender, Girls, Boys, International Organizations, Peacekeeping, Political Economies, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Sexuality

Year: 2009

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