UN Peacekeeping

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Peaceful Advice for UN Peacekeeping
Why do we have peacekeeping? The United Nations (UN) established UN peacekeeping in 1948 (10 Facts You Need to Know About UN Peacekeeping) as a way to sustain peace in a state which just experienced the destruction of a civil war. Peacekeeping has brought together many countries from around the world and continues to thrive with the cooperation of nations as there are currently 17 peacekeeping missions deployed over 4 continents (10 Facts You Need to Know About UN Peacekeeping). UN peacekeeping although intended for the greater good, falls short of meeting those intentions as it could work more effectively with just a few improvements. Peacekeeping lacks adequate numbers of personnel required to effectively
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The first way is by diverting the combatants’ interest in making the civilians a target by separating combatants from each other to reduce warfare activities (Hultman, Kathman, and Shannon). The other means of protection of civilians is from behind the battle lines, where peacekeepers create physical barriers between the combatants and the civilians who may be in danger of being a target (Hultman, Kathman, and Shannon). The only way the UN peacekeepers could carry out these two tasks effectively is if there were enough of them on the field, which is not the case due to budget constraints. Statistics reveal that armed police officers, in addition to the above peacekeepers, are in fact one of the strongest means of civilian protection after a civil war (Hultman, Kathman, and Shannon). Police act as the physical barrier between the combatants and the civilians and by doing so this proves increased difficultly in civilian accessibility by the combatants (Hultman, Kathman, and Shannon). In this case the combatants would need greater equipment and more armed forces to…show more content…
By encouraging locals to cooperate with the peacekeepers, a stronger sense of stability and purpose within the community is formed. In the short run, UN peacekeepers can immediately and efficiently work to protect civilians as long as there are enough troop members (Joshi). In addition, the presence of UN peacekeepers tends to influence the government to assume a democratic ruling (Joshi). However, peacekeepers do not occupy a country forever, thus there must be a long-term solution for the state set accordingly for long-standing peace. Joshi’s research also shows certain post-civil war rebel groups have difficulty adjusting to democratic governing systems (Joshi). A civil war does not necessitate the need of democratic ruling nor is a democracy always successful in a state. Reliance building leads to political empowerment, hence, whether or not a democratic governing system is best suited for the state, the state is more likely to come to that conclusion themselves instead of being influenced by the peacekeepers. In the long run, preparing local communities for the shock of war and

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