Peacekeeping - an act of neo-imperialism?

Sara Ellegaard, Magnus Vincents Fischer, Maureen Hymøller & Nicholas Prüsse Hansen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This project sets out to contribute to the academic field of peacekeeping literature by criti-cally examining the discourses expressed in relation to the two cases of peacekeeping opera-tions - UNMIT (United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste) and Operation Astute - in Timor-Leste. The aim of this project is to examine to what extent the two peacekeeping operations contain traits of neo-imperialism. In order to conduct this examination, this pro-ject draws on a theoretical framework rooted in postcolonialism, which links liberal peace-building to neo-imperialism. The analysis of this project is constituted by a Thematic Quali-tative Text Analysis as well as a discourse analysis inspired by the work of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. This project, ultimately, concludes that there - to a noteworthy extent - can be identified traits of neo-imperialism in both UNMIT and Operation Astute. In both cases, these traits of neo-imperialism are largely constituted by an emphasis on the liberal peacekeeping approach and a lack of focus on the importance of Timorese self-determination and local ownership. Additionally, these traits are equally identifiable through an explicit focus on the interests of the peacekeeping provider and mutual interests rather than solely the interests of Timor-Leste.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider86
VejledereLaust Schouenborg


  • Fredsbevarelse
  • Timor-Leste
  • FN
  • Australien
  • Operation Astute
  • Neo-imperialisme
  • Liberal Peacebuilding
  • Post-kolonialisme