n Conflict Trends - Modern United Nations peacekeeping : towards a holistic approach to addressing conflict

Volume 2014, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Modern peacekeeping has evolved from its early years as a tool used by the United Nations (UN) to monitor ceasefires and conduct truce supervision in interstate conflicts, into missions that are more involved in intrastate conflicts and which rebuild national structures and elements of civil society while maintaining the peace and conducting security sector reform (SSR). Indeed, the UN has worked towards a more systematic way of conducting peacekeeping operations, particularly in the context of conflicts within states - balancing the need for immediate response to crises with the provision of security, humanitarian assistance and protection to civilians with longer-term considerations for post-conflict peacebuilding and development.

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