Degree Name

BA

Department

Political Science

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2019-03-12

Publication Date

2018-04-18

First Faculty Advisor

Dr Eric Hyer

First Faculty Reader

Dr Jay Goodliffe

Honors Coordinator

Dr John Holbein

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the motivations behind China’s increased involvement in international peacekeeping operations. Specifically, I seek to explore the motivations behind China’s increased involvement in international peacekeeping operations. This involves looking to the past to understand China’s actions, but also forecasting to the future to derive expectations for subsequent action. I also seek to determine if constructivist theories are able to explain China’s peacekeeping strategies. Using historical records, I first build a narrative of China’s peacekeeping ideology. I then examine China’s numerical contributions to peacekeeping to see how constructivist arguments might explain China’s strategy. Using regression analyses, I then highlight the possibility of economic gain as a result of peacekeeping initiatives. To conclude the paper, I present a game theoretic model where China’s peacekeeping strategy is a result of competition between itself and the USA. This model predicts the trajectory of China’s peacekeeping strategy, but also identifies possible factors influencing its strategies.

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/uht0022

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