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

By Edward Moxon-Browne (eds.)

This research demanding situations the straightforward assumption that peacekeeping as we have identified it long ago stands out as the 'pill for each ailing' sooner or later. A 'new international order' ability new kinds of clash breaking out virtually anyplace in an international that's extra risky and not more predictable than prior to. participants to this quantity argue that we have to come again to fundamentals; that there are sobering classes to be learnt from Somalia, the Lebanon and Cambodia; that we have to ask a few basic questions. Can peacekeeping be 'reformed' or needs to it's completely 'reinvented'? Are squaddies the simplest peacekeepers and, if now not, who may still substitute them?

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It is interesting to note, however, that Fisher's definition of peacekeeping seems rather dated. Also, according to experts on peacekeeping, the optimum time to deploy a mission is not when the conflict moves from the segregation to the destruction phase, but when the parties agree to end the overt violence through a negotiated ceasefire which the UN can monitor. When Fisher describes peacekeeping, he often seems to be proposing peace enforcement, which is a much more problematic strategy for the organization to adopt.

Craves: security and vengeance' (p. 30). The changing nature of peacekeeping and the move away from 'traditional' roles towards a multiplicity of functions has been noted by several commentators. Wiseman (1990, p. 35) has pointed out how these can be roughly grouped under three headings. First are military functions: observation and monitoring, supervision of 32 Stephen Ryan withdrawal of forces, maintenance of buffer zones, regulation of disposition and movement of military forces, prevention of infiltration and prevention of civil war.

Pp. 13-19. , p. 11. See Improving the Capacity of the United Nations for Peace-keeping. Report of the Secretary General, 14 March 1994, S/26450, 2. Ibid. Boutros-Ghali, op. , p. 32. , p. 32. For further discussion of humanitarian assistance and United Nations peacekeeping, see Andrew Sherriff and Claus Heje, Bedfellows? Humanitarian Assistance and United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, paper presented at the BISA Conference, Southhampton, 20 December 1995. International Peace Academy, op. , pp.

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