United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Ad Hoc Missions, by Ramesh Thakur, Albrecht Schnabel

By Ramesh Thakur, Albrecht Schnabel

This quantity explores the evolution of United international locations efforts at peace-keeping, really because the early Nineteen Nineties. Peacekeeping has continuously been probably the most seen symbols of the UN position in overseas peace and defense, and it used to be sadness with the functionality of UN peacekeeping operations that used to be to develop into symbolic of the UN's failure to emerge from the ashes of the chilly warfare as a rejuvenated key participant in overseas and, more and more, inner peace and safeguard. This quantity displays the various pondering, a number of the reviews within the UN and within the box, a number of the frustrations and a few of the hopes of this prior decade. It combines educational research, box adventure and mirrored image with forward-looking proposals for better peace operations designed and deployed by way of the UN in partnership with neighborhood, subregional and native actors.

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Sometimes even if I feel that I could close a deal and find a solution, but it is done on the conditions of the stronger party, I say to myself: this is not a healthy deal; I wish I could help that weaker party because otherwise this will explode again in a year or two or three, or four, five years. In Sudan, I recall, we offered training courses for the rebel movements on wealth sharing, power sharing, and security so that they would be better prepared when they sat down with the government. It was a way of very gently trying to make sure that they had at least the same database and the same language so that they could help in achieving a better result.

Frankly, until now I do not fully understand what the real motives of the Americans were. I very much hope that Iraq will do much better than it has done in the recent past, but this does not change the fact that the invasion was condemnable, and I am glad that the British people at least are trying to ask themselves how their prime minister took them into that terrible war of aggression. 32 L AKHDAR BR AHIMI The Security Council Must Listen More Closely to a More Independent Secretary-General and Cooperate with Troop-Contributing Countries There are two other lessons one learns when we consider how the UN itself organizes its peace operations.

This dramatic loss of credibility is largely because the UN has not been allowed to do anything for the people of Palestine, except in the modest terms of the work done by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, one the best organizations of the UN system. Politically, however, the UN has totally failed in Palestine. For example, the Secretary-General is a member of the Middle East Quartet. My personal opinion is that he should have left the Quartet a long time ago.

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