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United Nations Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era

1st Edition

By John Terence O'Neill, Nick Rees


240 pages

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This new study questions whether peacekeeping fundamentally changed between the Cold War and Post-Cold War periods.

Focusing on contrasting case studies of the Congo, Cyprus, Somalia and Angola, as well as more recent operations in Sierra Leone and East Timor, it probes new evidence with clarity and rigour.

The authors conclude that most peacekeeping operations - whether in the Cold War or Post-Cold War periods - were flawed due to the failure of the UN member states to agree upon achievable objectives, the precise nature of the operations and provision of the necessary resources, and unrealistic post-1989 expectations that UN peacekeeping operations could be adapted to the changed international circumstances. The study concludes by looking at the Brahimi reforms, questions whether these are realistically achievable and looks at their impact on contemporary peace operations in Sierra Leone, East Timor and elsewhere.


'John Terence O'Neill and co-author Nicholas Reese put forward no-nonsense recommendations' - Politique Internationale

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Peacekeeping in the Cold War / Post-Cold War 3. ONUC and the Congo, 1960-1964 4. UNFICYP and Cyprus, 1964- 5. UNOSOM and Somalia, 1992-1995 6. UNAVEM and Angola, 1988-1997 7. UN Peacekeeping: Lessons Learnt? 8. The Future of UN Peacekeeping

About the Authors

John Terence O'Neill is a former Colonel in the Irish Defence Forces, who has served on UN missions in the Congo (1961), Lebanon (1982-83) and Angola (1993), and recently completed a PhD at Trinity College Dublin. Nicholas Rees is Dean of Graduate Studies and Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutions and International Relations at the University of Limerick. He is the co-author of Ireland's Poor Relations: Irish Foreign Policy Towards the Third World.

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