n Conflict Trends - Regional peacekeeping in Africa

Volume 2001, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The current level of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations in Africa is not sustainable. The number of UN Blue Helmets now serving in Africa, is twice the global deployment of two years ago. While the UN peacekeeping presence in Africa is about half the historical high attained in 1993-94, certain influential UN members - particularly the United States - will fixate on the almost one thousand percent increase since mid-1999. The large and expensive UN missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone, are likely to be prolonged and messy affairs, despite recent 'positive' developments.

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