Understanding Peacekeeping / Edition 2

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Peace operations are now a principal tool for managing armed conflict and building world peace. The fully revised, expanded and updated second edition of Understanding Peacekeeping provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the theory, practice and politics of contemporary peace operations.

Drawing on more than twenty-five historical and contemporary case studies, this book evaluates the changing characteristics of the contemporary environment in which peacekeepers operate, what role peace operations play in wider processes of global politics, the growing impact of non-state actors, and the major challenges facing today’s peacekeepers. All the chapters have been revised and expanded and eight new chapters have been added.

Part 1 summarizes the central concepts and issues related to peace operations. It includes a new discussion of the theories of peace operations and analysis of the emerging responsibility to protect norm. Part 2 charts the historical development of peacekeeping from 1945 and includes a new chapter on peace operations in the 21st century. In Part 3, separate chapters analyze seven different types of peace operations: preventive deployments; traditional peacekeeping; assisting transition; transitional administrations; wider peacekeeping; peace enforcement; and peace support operations. Part 4 looks forward and examines the central challenges facing today’s peacekeepers, namely, globalization, the regionalization of peace operations, the privatization of security, civilian protection, policing and gender issues.

The second edition of Understanding Peacekeeping will be essential reading for students and scholars of peace and conflict studies, security studies, and international relations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The way the book combines a conceptual approach, practicalchallenges and the politics of multidimensional peace operationsmakes it one of the most comprehensive works on the topic andtherefore essential reading for all students, scholars andpractitioners of peace operations."
International Peacekeeping

"The issues and discussions raised in this book are vitalfor anyone with a desire to understand peacekeeping operations. Itoffers a genuine insight into the ongoing theoretical discourse ofpreventing armed conflict and securing sustainable peace."
British Journal of Community Justice

"The first edition was a real gem, strong on the each ofconceptual, theoretical, and case study dimensions. If anything,this new edition is even better. New chapters on gender andprivatization, among others, ensure that the book remains cuttingedge."
Paul F. Diehl, University of Illinois

"The second edition of Understanding Peacekeeping is asuperior book and builds on the earlier pattern of solid analysisand insights as well as readability."
Thomas G. Weiss, City University of New York GraduateCenter

"The United Nations Charter promised to save succeedinggenerations from the scourge of war. It offered half a solution byoutlawing war, but did not even mention the word "peacekeeping".This thorough and accessible book shows how peacekeeping has cometo define modern efforts to resolve conflict, and the promise andthe pitfalls that it offers."
Simon Chesterman, New York University School of Law andthe National University of Singapore

"This is an essential book both for practitioners and forstudents of international relations, security studies and peacestudies with an interest in peace operations—that litmustest for the existence of a genuine post cold war internationalcommunity. A thoroughly updated version of the authors' highlyregarded first edition, the book offers comprehensive coverage,lucid critical analysis of both theory and practice, detailed casestudies, and a clear and accessible prose style. The overallpositive conclusion is heartening."
Oliver Ramsbotham, Emeritus University ofBradford

"A thorough, comprehensive and accessible account ofcontemporary peacekeeping which provides a clear guide to thetheoretical and ethical issues involved, as well as a fine overviewof the history, politics and objectives of multilateralintervention."
Norrie MacQueen, University of Dundee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745641867
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 525,237
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex J. Bellamy is Professor of International Security in the Griffith Asia Institute/Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University
Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC
Stuart Griffin is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College, London

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Boxes
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Guide to companion website

Part 1: Concepts and Issues
1 Peace Operations in Global Politics
2 Who are the Peacekeepers?

Part 2: Historical Development
3 The Early Peacekeepers
4 Peace Operations During the 1990s
5 Peace Operations in the Twenty-First Century

Part 3: Types of Peace Operations
6 Preventive Deployments
7 Traditional Peacekeeping
8 Wider Peacekeeping
9 Peace Enforcement
10 Assisting Transitions
11 Transitional Administrations
12 Peace Support Operations

Part 4: Contemporary Challenges
13 Regionalization
14 Privatization
15 Protection of Civilians
16 Gender
17 Policing

Conclusion/ Bibliography/ Index

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