Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations

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Peacekeeping operations have unintended consequences —a fact long ignored by both practitioners and researchers. The deployment of a large number of soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel inevitably has various effects on the host society and economy. These consequences are especially serious when they cause harm to the local community, as in the case of sexual abuse and exploitation, corruption, or the creation of a false economy. Unintended side effects can also negatively affect the ability of a ...

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Overview

Peacekeeping operations have unintended consequences —a fact long ignored by both practitioners and researchers. The deployment of a large number of soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel inevitably has various effects on the host society and economy. These consequences are especially serious when they cause harm to the local community, as in the case of sexual abuse and exploitation, corruption, or the creation of a false economy. Unintended side effects can also negatively affect the ability of a peacekeeping mission to achieve its mandate.

Bringing together field experiences and academic analyses, this book investigates the unintended consequences of peacekeeping operations on individuals and groups, on the host society and economy, and on the troop-contributing countries. It also analyzes the degree to which the United Nations has tried to manage some of these side effects, as well as the UN's accountability in the context of the international legal framework. The aim of the book is not to discredit peace operations but to improve the ways in which they are planned and managed. The contributors identify the need to develop a culture of accountability —one that includes procedures to anticipate unintended consequences and to monitor any side effects during the operation, so that steps can be taken to prevent and manage negative consequences as early as possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811421
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Chiyuki Aoi is an associate professor of international politics at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Cedric de Coning is a research fellow at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in South Africa and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Ramesh Thakur is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of tables     viii
List of contributors     ix
Preface     xv
List of abbreviations     xvii
Introduction     1
Unintended consequences, complex peace operations and peacebuilding systems   Chiyuki Aoi   Cedric de Coning   Ramesh Thakur     3
Unintended consequences for individuals and groups     21
Unintended consequences of peace operations on Timor Leste from a gender perspective   Shukuko Koyama   Henri Myrttinen     23
Protecting civilians from UN peacekeepers and humanitarian workers: Sexual exploitation and abuse   Vanessa Kent     44
Host economies, humanitarian action and civil-military coordination     67
Unintended consequences of peace operations on the host economy from a people's perspective   Katarina Ammitzboell     69
Unintended consequences of peace operations on humanitarian action   Shin-wha Lee     90
Unintended consequences of civil-military cooperation in peace operations   Stuart Gordon     109
Troop-contributing countries     131
Unintended consequences of peace operations for troop-contributing countries from West Africa: The case of Ghana   Kwesi Aning     133
Unintended consequences of peaceoperations for troop-contributing countries from South Asia   C. S. R. Murthy     156
Unintended consequences of peace operations for troop-contributing countries in South America: The cases of Argentina and Uruguay   Arturo C. Sotomayor     171
Accountability     193
The accountability of personnel associated with peacekeeping operations   Francoise J. Hampson   Ai Kihara-Hunt     195
A beacon of light in the dark? The United Nations' experience with peace operations ombudspersons as illustrated by the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo   Florian F. Hoffmann     221
The vicarious responsibility of the United Nations   Frederic Megret     250
Conclusion: Can unintended consequences be prevented, contained and managed?   Chiyuki Aoi   Cedric de Coning   Ramesh Thakur     268
Index     280
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