Within the broad APSec 2015 conference theme of “Power”, this research proposal embraces the twin thematic streams of ‘International Relations Theory’ and ‘Intervention, Peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect’. The post-Cold War era has witnessed significant increase in the size and scope of peace operations. However, the role and purpose of peace operations have not received commensurate attention within the intellectual context of theories of International Relations. Comprehension of theoretical foundations of International Relations is quintessential in understanding motives behind, and implications of third-party intervention in the quest for a viable peace. The research paper shall present a synopsis of major theoretical paradigms in world politics with particular emphasis on their understanding of and implications for contemporary peace operations. The paper shall strive to delineate the main planks of a particular theoretical paradigm with special reference to underpinnings of peace operations. Towards the end, the possibility of training of peacekeepers to serve as a bridge between the theory and practice of peace operations shall be explored. The research findings shall serve the purpose of filling a theoretical gap in peace operations studies and shall help decipher the theoretical basis of the acerbic arguments against peace operations espoused by the obstructionists to the peace processes.
Inam-ur-Rahman Malik, Police Service of Pakistan, Pakistan
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