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Peace Operations - Paul F. Diehl

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Published: 11th April 2014
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As peace operations become the primary mechanism of conflict management used by the UN and regional organizations, understanding their problems and potential is essential for a more secure world. In this revised and updated second edition, Paul Diehl and Alexandru Balas provide a cutting-edge analysis of the central issues surrounding the development, operation, and effectiveness of peace operations. Among many features, the book:

  • Traces the historical development of peace operations from their origins in the early 20th century through the development of modern peacebuilding missions and multiple simultaneous peace operations.
  • Tracks changes over time in the size, mission and organization of peace operations.
  • Analyses different organizational, financial, and troop provisions for peace operations, as well as assessing alternatives.
  • Lays out criteria for evaluating peace operations and details the conditions under which such operations are successful.

Drawing on a wide range of examples from those between Israel and her neighbours to more recent operations in Bosnia, Somalia, Darfur, East Timor, and the Congo, this new edition brings together the body of scholarly research on peace operations to address those concerns. It will be an indispensable guide for students, practitioners and general readers wanting to broaden their knowledge of the possibilities and limits of peace operations today.

"Comprehensive in scope, and up to date in its coverage, this book provides an excellent account of the development of international peacebuilding and peacekeeping operations. It shows how these operations have emerged and changed over time and provides vital context for understanding contemporary challenges and new developments. It also offers new ways of evaluating international efforts to build stable peace in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous places. New students and old hands alike will benefit from reading this important new volume."
Alex Bellamy, Griffith University

"With what is more than an updated historical primer on peace operations, Diehl and Balas have done a masterful job of differentiating peacekeeping and peacebuilding, synthesizing the most recent quantitative findings on correlates of success and identifying the future challenges for policymakers. All is accomplished in a highly accessible book."
Karen A. Mingst, University of Kentucky

List of Figures and Tables vi

1 Introduction 1

2 The Historical Evolution and Record of Peace Operations 28

3 The Organization of Peace Operations 81

4 The Success and Failure of Peace Operations 141

5 Ten Challenges for Future Peace Operations 189

Appendix: Peace Operations 1948–2012 220

Notes 227

References and Suggested Readings 230

Index 242

ISBN: 9780745671819
ISBN-10: 0745671810
Series: WCMW - War and Conflict in the Modern World
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 11th April 2014
Publisher: Polity Press
Dimensions (cm): 209.65 x 153.0  x 20.25
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1