A Future for Peacekeeping? by Edward Moxon-Browne (eds.)

By Edward Moxon-Browne (eds.)

This learn demanding situations the simple assumption that peacekeeping as now we have identified it some time past often is the 'pill for each unwell' sooner or later. A 'new international order' ability new different types of clash breaking out nearly at any place in a global that's extra risky and not more predictable than ahead of. participants to this quantity argue that we have to come back to fundamentals; that there are sobering classes to be learnt from Somalia, the Lebanon and Cambodia; that we have to ask a few primary questions. Can peacekeeping be 'reformed' or needs to or not it's completely 'reinvented'? Are infantrymen the easiest peacekeepers and, if now not, who should still change them?

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54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. N. military operations,' in Winrich Kuhne, Blauhelme in einer turbuleten Welt, Baden Baden: Nemus, 1993, p. 511. There might be a distinction here between countries with a professional army and countries with conscription. A professional army often expects that the soldiers, through peacekeeping, will both be 'kept busy' and remain 'fit for fighting'. Yet the United States in particular has questioned the command structures of multilateral peacekeeping operations, where the contributing country might lose command of its own forces.

55 The impact on the recipients of peacekeeping Peacekeeping is not an exact science, and it is extremely difficult to foresee the impact of a peacekeeping operation on a particular conflict, society or locality. According to Fetherston, 'we do not have enough information to begin to understand the effect of UN interventions - peacekeeping especially - on a conflict situation ... ,56 Inevitably peacekeeping operations, especially those with more farreaching objectives, for instance UNTAG and UNTAC, will have an impact on the recipient country both during and after the operation.

10) has noted, the UN has already been asked to become 'the midwife of political transition'. For example, missions have assisted in the creation of a viable civil society through human rights monitoring (as in El Salvador), election supervision (Namibia and Cambodia), disarmament of the warring factions, and police monitoring and training. Peacekeepers can also provide assistance and protection for peacebuilding work. Yet despite these doubts about the Fisher approach, it offers an intriguing framework for future research and Fetherston has begun to examine its implications for peacekeeping.

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