The End of A Peacekeeping Era

Author
Richard Gowan
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Global Peace Operations Review
Abstract
An era of UN peacekeeping ended on Good Friday, as the organization’s fifteen-year old mission in Liberia (UNMIL) closed shop. This follows the termination of the UN missions in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) last summer and that in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in October. All dating back to 2003 or 2004, these were the final examples of a relatively successful series of peace operations launched by the Security Council between 1999 and 2005 that were characterized by (i) fairly large military and police components relative to the territories and populations they served; and (ii) a long-term commitment to enabling peaceful politics in post-war states, including facilitating multiple elections.
Topic
United Nations, Military Strategy, Peacekeeping, Elections
Political Geography
Africa, Caribbean, Haiti, Liberia, North America, Côte d'Ivoire