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Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729266.001.0001

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Using Force to Protect Civilians in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

Using Force to Protect Civilians in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

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Protection of Civilians

Fiona Blyth

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Using examples drawn from the authors’ respective operational experiences, this chapter argues that for force to be effectively employed, troops must be well trained and equipped, supported by adequate assets, and led by visionary and proactive commanders at all levels. To allow adequate resources to be mobilized, there must be political cohesion at the strategic level among UN Member States and within the Secretariat with a focus on effects-based force generation. The authors also consider a number of political challenges, including differing interpretations by troop contributors of protection-of-civilians mandates, a lack of political will to implement such mandates to their fullest extent, and the need to hold troop contributors accountable for mandate implementation. Above all, they assert that that there must be a political peace process in place, without which the impact of any military operations will be transitory.

Keywords:   use of force, UN peacekeeping, resources, peace process, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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