n Conflict Trends - The future of peacekeeping in Africa : feature

Volume 2006, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


While Western foreign policy, security and media attention has been focused on Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans over the last decade, Africa emerged as the major arena for United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. Of the 18 peace operations currently managed by the UN, eight are in Africa, and six of these are large complex peace operations. This explains why 75% of the approximately 88 000 military, police and civilian UN peacekeepers currently deployed can be found in Africa.

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