Jared Oestmand (Political Science) and Tim Passmore from the Virginia Military Institute recently published an article, "Reliable Contributors? Leadership Turnover, Regime Type, and Commitments to Peacekeeping," in Foreign Policy Analysis. Their study examines the links between domestic politics and countries' voluntary troop contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations. They find that changes in executive power that involve a change in domestic leadership support cause fluctuations in troop deployments, resulting in inconsistent contributions. However, they also show that this effect is attenuated by the existence of democratic institutions. The findings suggest that democratic countries are more reliable participants in multilateral peacekeeping efforts.