n Conflict Trends - The concept of developmental peace missions : implications for the military and civilians - : feature

Volume 2006, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, once remarked, "we have [UN] peacekeeping operations that succeed, only to lapse back into conflict. Successful operations, as it were, in which the patient dies." These comments are particularly true in Africa where ceasefires are fragile, peace efforts often fail to disarm and demobilise combatants or reintegrate former ones, and post-conflict societies often relapse into conflict in the face of continued poverty, famine and disease.

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