Who's Got the Biggest Humanitarianism: How Nations Soldier for Peace
The « Brazilian way » of the military, in this case, is being constantly compared with the military practices of other countries and with UN expectations and rules. Soldiers' and officers' own view of their practices interacts with a global hegemonic masculinity model present in militay peacekeeping guidelines, but also in projected representations of « other militaries », and it does so both as competitor and accomplice. This kind of « humanitarian competition », I would argue, can be used to discuss the foundations of peacekeeping as a model for managing international conflicts. Moreover, I hope the conclusions presented in the paper will serve to sustain my argument that gender as a critical tool for analyzing the practice of peacekeeping allows for a broder critique of the contemporary war system and the role the UN plays in it.