Abstract

Despite over 120 countries contributing over 118,00 personnel in support of sixteen different United Nations peace operations around the world, and at a cost exceeding $US 7.83 billion, not much is known about these operations. This chapter seeks to alter, however slightly, that information deficit. This chapter first reviews the UN Charter basis for peace operations and explores the different between Chapter VI Peacekeeping and Chapter VII Peace Enforcement. The chapter then traces the historical development of peace operations from their cold war origins to the latest organizational structure within the U.N.’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The chapter then explores peace operations challenges, including determining the applicable law, peacekeeper accountability, and the offensive mandate and use of drones by MONUSCO, the U.N. force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Publication Title

U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS: LAW, POLICY AND PRACTICE

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Article

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