Paper presented at the conference of IR section of the German Political Science Association, 4-6 October 2017, Bremen University
Multilateral peace operations today are confronted with normative demands that might contradict each other. Two core norm conflicts are at the center of this paper, first the collision between the norm “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) and the norms of impartiality and the non-use of force, second the contradictions between the zero-tolerance policy regarding
sexual abuse by peacekeepers and the demand to establish a relationship of trust between peacekeepers and local populations. This paper analyzes how norm collisions affect the implementation of peace operations and how individual operations react to these conflicting
normative demands. Using the method of multimodal discourse analysis, it investigates which strategies individual operations develop in order cope with norm collisions and what factors influence the choice of particular strategies.