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A Case for India’s ‘Leadership’ in United Nations Peacekeeping


  • Kabilan Krishnasamy


As one of the traditional peacekeepers with vast field experiences, India should rise to new levels of peacekeeping—not just participating by way of deploying Indian troops as part of a UN force to keep peace in various parts of the world, but also by strategically utilizing its field experiences to shape new thinking about peacekeeping. Is there a case for India to take on such a role? What explains India’s proactive commitment to UN peacekeeping? What is India’s reputation in UN peacekeeping? Are there challenges to the leadership potential of India in UN peacekeeping? This article aims to answer some of these questions. To this end, it is argued that although India, based on its peacekeeping strengths, experiences and reputation, has more than a credible case to ‘lead’ new thinking about peacekeeping, complex challenges may make it difficult for India to be recognized to take such a lead.

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  • Kabilan Krishnasamy, 2010. "A Case for India’s ‘Leadership’ in United Nations Peacekeeping," International Studies, , vol. 47(2-4), pages 225-246, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:intstu:v:47:y:2010:i:2-4:p:225-246

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