Policing Civilians: UN Peace Operations and the Production of Global Social Order

Lou Pingeot, University of Ottawa

Does policing produce peace? The United Nations would seem to think so, as UN peace operations increasingly deploy police forces and engage in policing tasks. This turn to ‘policekeeping’ has generally been met with enthusiasm in both academic and policy circles. Policing is often understood to provide a more civilian instrument of intervention, better suited to mandates that increasingly emphasize protection. Rebuilding of local police forces along democratic, liberal lines is seen as the guarantee of a successful transition towards peace and stability. Policing Civilians questions this optimistic reading of policekeeping. It demonstrates that the logic of policing leads to the depoliticization of conflict and the criminalization of those who are deemed to threaten not just public order but social order, authorizing violence against them in the name of law enforcement.

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 Presented in Session 153. Presidential Session: New Directions in the Critical Study of Global Counterinsurgency and the Police-Military Continuum