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Evaluating Peacekeeping Missions

A Typology of Success and Failure in International Interventions, 1st Edition

By Sarah-Myriam Martin- Brûlé


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This book offers a new perspective on peace missions in intra-state wars, based on comparative field research.

In theoretical terms, this book proposes a new definition of peace operation success based on two crucial elements: the (re)establishment of order and the accomplishment of the mandate. The work presents a new typology for assessing peace operations as failures, partial failures, partial successes, or successes. This focus on ‘blurry’ outcomes provides a clearer theoretical framework to understand what constitutes successful peace operations. It explains the different outcomes of peace operations (based on the type of success/failure) by outlining the effect(s) of the combination of the key ingredients-strategy and the type of interveners. Empirically, this book tests the saliency of the theoretical framework by examining the peace operations which took place in Somalia, Sierra Leone and Liberia. This book refutes the classification of these three cases as the ‘worst’ context for ‘transitional politics’, and demonstrates that peace operations may succeed, partially of totally, in challenging contexts, and that the diverse outcomes are better explained by the type of intervener and the strategy employed than by the type of context. This work shows that, for a peace operation in an intra-state war, the adoption of a deterrence strategy works best for re-establishing order while the involvement of a great power facilitates the accomplishment of the mandate.

This book will be of much interest to students of peacekeeping, conflict resolution, civil wars, security studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents


1. Puzzles, Concepts and Cases

2. Somalia: Success Amidst Failure

3. Liberia: Twenty Years to Succeed

4. Sierra Leone: Curbing the Anarchy Within


About the Author

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé is Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Canada.

About the Series

Cass Series on Peacekeeping

This series examines all aspects of peacekeeping, from the political, operational and legal dimensions to the developmental and humanitarian issues that must be dealt with by all those involved with peacekeeping in the world today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General