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Between Doctrine and Practice: The UN Peacekeeping Dilemma

Between Doctrine and Practice: The UN Peacekeeping Dilemma Global Governance 21 (2015), 351–370 Between Doctrine and Practice: The UN Peacekeeping Dilemma Mateja Peter Mandates of recent peacekeeping operations across Africa have shown substantial innovation in the thinking of the UN Security Council. Offen- sive use of force, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, strategic intelligence and communication, and state-building mandates in the midst of conflicts have all expanded the scope of activities beyond what the UN peacekeep- ers are accustomed to. The UN is entering a new era of enforcement peacekeeping. Enforcement peacekeeping manifests itself both in en- forcement of political solutions through support of a government’s state- building ambitions and its attempts to extend state authority in the midst of conflict and in enforcement of military victories through the offensive use of force. These developments further unsettle the basic principles of UN peacekeeping—consent, impartiality, and nonuse of force—resulting in a schism between the doctrine and practice. This contribution argues that such fundamental challenges, when not properly acknowledged, cre- ate a wall between operational activities and strategic considerations. They preclude a proper debate on the problematic externalities, in partic- ular on political processes and peacebuilding. KEYWORDS: peacekeeping, peacebuilding, peace enforcement, enforcement peacekeeping, United Nations, African Union, DRC, Mali, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Between Doctrine and Practice: The UN Peacekeeping Dilemma

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-02103002
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Abstract

Global Governance 21 (2015), 351–370 Between Doctrine and Practice: The UN Peacekeeping Dilemma Mateja Peter Mandates of recent peacekeeping operations across Africa have shown substantial innovation in the thinking of the UN Security Council. Offen- sive use of force, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, strategic intelligence and communication, and state-building mandates in the midst of conflicts have all expanded the scope of activities beyond what the UN peacekeep- ers are accustomed to. The UN is entering a new era of enforcement peacekeeping. Enforcement peacekeeping manifests itself both in en- forcement of political solutions through support of a government’s state- building ambitions and its attempts to extend state authority in the midst of conflict and in enforcement of military victories through the offensive use of force. These developments further unsettle the basic principles of UN peacekeeping—consent, impartiality, and nonuse of force—resulting in a schism between the doctrine and practice. This contribution argues that such fundamental challenges, when not properly acknowledged, cre- ate a wall between operational activities and strategic considerations. They preclude a proper debate on the problematic externalities, in partic- ular on political processes and peacebuilding. KEYWORDS: peacekeeping, peacebuilding, peace enforcement, enforcement peacekeeping, United Nations, African Union, DRC, Mali,

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2015

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