Rentier Peacekeeping in Neo-Patrimonial Systems: The Examples of Burundi and Kenya

By Malte Brosig, Contemporary Security Policy
February 6, 2017


Burundi president and AMISOM force commander

African countries contribute the most peacekeepers to missions on the continent. However, many troop-contributing countries are hybrid democratic/autocratic political systems—characterized as neopatrimonial—and some are accused of using peacekeeping missions as a means to generate rents for their regimes to retain control at home. Others send their troops only to find them partaking in the recipient country’s neo-patrimonial system—their troops exploiting the system to extract economic rents. In both cases, the purpose of peacekeeping has been undermined and the conflict perhaps prolonged.

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Security Topics: Peacekeeping