The number of UN peacekeepers is at its highest since the end of the Cold War. Norway has been a significant contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, but these contributions are now at their lowest since the 1990s. The focus has instead been on niche contributions, such as analysts and transport aircraft. Further, there has been an apparent shift in Norwegian prioritizations from UN to NATO operations. As Norway is currently ramping up its campaign for the UN Security Council candidature (2021–2022), external expectations and internal motivation can affect Norway’s future UNPKO contributions.
Tollefsen, Andreas Forø & Elin Marthinussen Gustavsen (2017) Norway and UN Peacekeeping Trends, Conflict Trends, 5. Oslo: PRIO.