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The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Nadin


320 pages

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This edited volume provides a detailed and nuanced analysis of UN peacekeeping and the use of force, to inform a better understanding of the complex and interconnected issues at stake for the UN community. Peacekeeping is traditionally viewed as a largely passive military activity, governed by the principles of impartiality, consent, and the minimum use of force. Today, most large UN Peacekeeping Operations are only authorized to use force in defence of their mandates and to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence.

Recently, with the deployment of the Force Intervention Brigade in the DRC, the UN has gone beyond peacekeeping and into the realm of peace-enforcement. These developments have brought to the fore questions regarding the use of force in the context of peacekeeping. The key questions addressed in this book examine not only the utility of force, but also the dilemmas and constraints inherent to the purposive use of force at a strategic, operational and tactical level.

  • Should UN peacekeepers exercise military initiative?
  • Is UN peacekeeping capable of undertaking offensive military operations?
  • If so, then under what circumstances should peacekeepers use force?
  • How should force be wielded? And against whom?

With chapters written by experts in the field, this comprehensive volume will be of great use and interest to postgraduate students, academics and experts in international security, the UN, peacekeeping and diplomacy.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Questions of Doctrine

  1. The case of East Timor: Ancient history or the shape of things to come?Jim Della-Giacoma (New York University)
  2. Action adapted to circumstance: Peacekeeping doctrine and the use of force Mark Malan (Centre for Defence & Security Studies, New Zealand Defence Force, Massey University)
  3. Between absolute war and absolute peacekeeping Carlos Chagas Vianna Braga (Brazilian War College)
  4. Implications of stabilisation mandates for the use of force in UN peace operations Cedric de Coning (NUPI and ACCORD)
  5. Understanding the utility of the UN military component to protect civilians in different scenarios Stian Kjeksrud (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and the University of Oslo) & Alexander Beadle (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)
  6. Protecting civilians with force: Lessons and dilemmas from the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti Walter Dorn (Canadian Forces College & Royal Military College of Canada)
  7. The ‘All necessary means’, to what ends? The unintended consequences of the use of force by UN Peacekeepers Charles Hunt (University of Queensland)
  8. The logic of force in UN peacekeeping: A policy primer Peter Nadin
  9. Part 2: Questions of Practice

  10. Leadership in UN Missions Tim Ford
  11. The use of force and the civil-military dimension David Curran (Coventry University)
  12. Generating the ability: The challenges of force generation Darryl Watters (Independent) 
  13. UN peacekeeping and international law James Sloan (University of Glasgow)


About the Editor

Peter Nadin is an independent researcher based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked previously as a research assistant at the United Nations University, and interned with the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. His research interests include the politics of the UN Security Council and UN Peacekeeping Operations.

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