MILH565 History of Peacekeeping - 1988 to present
Week 4 Forum
The success of peacekeeping missions during the Cold War and immediately after set the bar high for continued US missions. Ultimately the US found that bar set too high, with too many expectations and the Security Council simply could not provide the resources necessary to meet all the demands for assistance which members presented.
Interestingly the types of missions changed in the mid 1990s when the UN sent troops to Yugoslovia, Rwanda and Somalia prior to the actual establishment of peace. The international community criticized these missions and the Security Council for overreaching, and placing the peacekeepers themselves in danger. When civilian casualties occurred in the presence of peacekeepers,it damaged the reputation of United Nations operations. These problems led to a period of serious reevaluation of peacekeeping policies and procedures to avoid such issues in the future.
We will read several of these reports, and this week will discuss the events which led to UN peacekeeping failures and evaluate the recommended solutions. Have they been properly implemented, and did they work?