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Assessing sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers 1

WithRagnhild Nordås, Siri Aas Rustad

Few existing studies have systematically addressed the question of what explains variations in unintended consequences of peacekeeping, such as sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). Analyzing the 35 international peacekeeping missions by the UN, NATO, ECOWAS and the African Union in the years 1999–2010, we find that SEA was more frequently reported in situations with lower levels of battle-related deaths, in larger and more recent peace operations, the less developed the host country and in operations following conflicts with high levels of sexual violence. Our discussion and conclusion highlights data restrictions, and identifies key challenges for future research.