n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2010, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The role of civilians in peacekeeping operations has been increasingly important over the last two decades. With the growing, complex environment in which peacekeeping operations are being deployed, there is a need for peacekeeping to move beyond mere military deployment. In this regard, there is a realisation that many of the new functions that complex peacekeeping operations need to undertake can only be conducted by civilian personnel. As such, civilian personnel within peacekeeping operations are being used better and more efficiently as a means to facilitate the political and post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding processes that are part of the mandate of contemporary missions.

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