Fifty Sociological Shades of International Relations Theory

Entitled Fifty Sociological Shades of International Relations Theory. The case of EU Peacekeeping Policy, my new (review) article is out and you can find it in the latest issue of the European Review of International Studies. The article begins as follows:

A man stands alone in the desert, holding a watermelon under his arm. He is wearing a jellaba and looks into the distance with a guarded expression. What is he waiting for? Behind him, a military vehicle bearing the European Union (EU) ag approaches. What has it come for? Will the encounter between the man and the vehicle take place? This theatrical scene, with something of Waiting for Godot about it, is on the cover of Antoine Rayroux’s book L’Union européenne et le maintien de la paix en Afrique [The European Union and Peacekeeping in Africa]. This book is the result of a political science doctoral thesis written while studying at the University of Montreal and the Free University of Brussels. It was published at the same time as the book L’Union européenne et la paix [The European Union and Peace] edited by Anne Bazin and Charles Tenenbaum, which brings together chie y French researchers. These two books from the French-speaking world look at the emergence, and subsequent institutionalisation, of the EU as an actor in peacekeeping during the 2000s and 2010s, taking sociological approaches to theories of international relations. The actors, their practices, and the institutional contexts in which they operate are taken seriously. …

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