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Title: Portugal: participation in peace missions as a factor of external credibility
Authors: Pinto, Maria do Céu
Keywords: Peace support operations
Armed Forces
United Nations
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Observare. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Pinto, Maria do Céu (2012). "Portugal: participation in peace missions as a factor of external credibility”. JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations. Vol. 3, n.º 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 65-77. Accessed [online] on (date of last viewing),
Abstract: In per capita terms, Portugal is one of the most significant European contributors to international peacekeeping operations around the world. It presently ranks 45th in a list of 115 countries contributing to the United Nations (UN) peace operations and 7th in the European Union (EU). The multiplicity of forces used, as well as the diversity of the locations of deployment, reflect the ambition and effort made by the Portuguese governments in the last 20 years. Portuguese participation in peacekeeping missions has been seen as a vehicle for strengthening Portugal’s position in the world: the involvement under the flag of international organisations raises the profile of Portuguese foreign policy and diplomacy. In this paper, we argue that Portuguese involvement in peace missions reflects Portugal’s pursuit of its national interest and foreign policy. The aim is to bolster Portugal’s capacity to influence the decision-making process in major international fora, such as the UN, NATO and the EU. The goal established since the late 1980s aims to strengthen the visibility and specific weight of Portugal in the multilateral framework. The country´s contribution to peacekeeping operations has increased the bargaining power of Portugal, which has become an active partner with a more audible voice within those organisations. That voice led to gaining a better position when it came to negotiating major international posts and policies.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
Publisher Version:,-n-%C2%BA1-spring-2012/articles/159-portugal-participation-in-peace-missions-as-a-factor-of-external-credibility
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