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2005; United Nations 2000b). In addition, critical research on peace operations has grown. Researchers have, for example, critiqued what they perceive as operations not being adapted to the local context, the interference of contributing states’ self-interests, and the lack of a developed plan for what the UN should accomplish with its peacebuilding and state-building assignments; see, for example, David Chandler (2001; 2006). 1 15 POSITIONING THE BASIC IDEAS In order to successfully incorporate ideas and suggestions from feminism into a mainstream-based framework, the differences between the two research fields need to be carefully considered.

Empirically, however, there is no such direct link between inclusion of equality and actual effects in gender power-relations. Even if equality is incorporated in the rhetoric, it appears to require organization by the involved women to ensure implementation. Cockburn states that when recruited, women often have to fight on two fronts. They fight the enemy, but also their own organization; the latter in order to actually obtain the promised equality, or, at least, to ensure that they themselves and gender issues are not discriminated (Cockburn 1998, 42).

Even if equality is incorporated in the rhetoric, it appears to require organization by the involved women to ensure implementation. Cockburn states that when recruited, women often have to fight on two fronts. They fight the enemy, but also their own organization; the latter in order to actually obtain the promised equality, or, at least, to ensure that they themselves and gender issues are not discriminated (Cockburn 1998, 42). This indicates the relevance of two other contextual factors: focus groups for equality (often women’s organizations), which often are formed during conflict, and the ideology of (male-dominated) dominating parties.

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