Starting to Build? China’s Role in UN Peacekeeping Operations

Publikationen - Policy Paper 13.11.2011

Policy Paper


by Bernardo Mariani

The nature of peacekeeping has changed profoundly over the past 20 years. In the first decades after the creation of the United Nations some main common features characterised UN peacekeeping missions: deployment took place only when a ceasefire had been agreed and the conflicting parties had given their consent; the main aim was to separate two fighting parties; the overall scale of deployments was rather small; peacekeepers were lightly armed and were not expected to ever fight; and the great bulk of UN peacekeeping forces was provided by Western, i.e. rich countries. Nowadays, peacekeeping looks very different.

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