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Mali-tarisation of the Swedish 'peace-nation' narrative?: A narrative analysis of Swedish peacekeeping in the peace support operation in Mali
Swedish Defence University.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, I explore everyday militarisation in UN peace operations by studying how Sweden's s 'peace nation' narrative is possibly militarised by participating in the robust peacekeeping operation in Mali. The aim is to increase understanding around how militarisation occurs in modern peace operations, domains that are meant to be peaceful but are becoming increasingly war-like. The Swedish narrative is generated through interviews with Swedish peacekeepers that have previously been deployed to Mali and through readings of the Swedish Armed Forces blog Malibloggen. The material is analysed through a narrative analysis inspired by Mieke Bal (2009). I find that the Swedish narrative is partly militarised during participation in the mission, as it can be argued that Sweden arranged its sense of belonging around military values and chose military modes of conflict resolution over civilian to some extent. The soldiers were also cognitively preparing for war and military measures were partially normalised. This result illustrates that when countries that regard themselves as 'peace nations' take part in militarised UN PSOs, their narrative can become militarised to some extent as they arrange their sense of belonging around values of war and military force. This, in turn, has implications for the spread of militarisation across the globe, potentially leading to a lower threshold of war.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
MINUSMA, Mali, militarisation, militarism, robust peacekeeping, critical military studies, Sweden, UN peacekeeping, peace support operations, narratives
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10644OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10644DiVA, id: diva2:1632372
Subject / course
War Studies, Thesis
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2022-01-31 Created: 2022-01-26 Last updated: 2022-01-31Bibliographically approved

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