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Towards a Theory of United Nations Peacekeeping - A. B. Fetherston

Towards a Theory of United Nations Peacekeeping

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'At a time when peacekeepers are struggling to fulfil increasingly demanding mandates and UN peacekeeping is in danger of losing the distinct character that won it the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, this important book argues for a clear theoretical redefinition within a conflict resolution framework and examines the practical implications for training. This is a valuable and original contribution to the peacekeeping literature.' - Dr. Oliver Ramsbotham, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford 'Both for the 'blue helmets' on the ground, and for the diplomats at UN headquarters, conflict resolution skills are essential for conducting peacekeeping operations. Betts Fetherstone's excellent study points the way forward to a synthesis between conflict management and peacekeeping?' - Hugh Miall, Research Fellow, European Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs The prevailing over-taxed ad hoc system of peacekeeping does not meet the growing demands posed by the post-Cold War world. This volume argues that peacekeeping needs to be placed on firm conceptual footing directly congruent with its peaceful third party role. The implications of this conceptualisation of peacekeeping for practice are then discussed. Training is cited as a key means of translating conceptual understanding into practice. Without this foundation work, UN has little chance of changing its existing, and largely ineffective, system of conflict management. At a time when peacekeepers are struggling to fulfil increasingly demanding mandates and UN peacekeeping is in danger of losing the distinct character that won it the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, this important book argues for a clear theoretical redefinition within a conflict resolution framework and examines the practical implications for training. This is a valuable and original contribution to the peacekeeping literature.

Acknowledgements - List of Abbreviations - Introduction - A Brief History of United Nations Peacekeeping, 1945-1987 - UN Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War World - United Nations Peacekeeping in Cyprus, Namibia and Former Yugoslavia - Outlining a Theoretical Approach - Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, and Peacebuilding: Definitions and Linkages - Developing a Conceptual Framework for Peacekeeping - Training as a Critical Link between Theory and Practice - Training for United Nations Peacekeepers - The Conceptualization of Peacekeeping: Implications for Training and Practice - Notes - Appendices - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333614624
ISBN-10: 0333614623
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 12th October 1994
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 15