Why Peacekeeping Fails

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Overview

Dennis Jett examines why peacekeeping operations fail by comparing the unsuccessful attempt at peacekeeping in Angola with the successful effort in Mozambique alongside a wide range of other peacekeeping experiences. The book argues that while the causes of past peacekeeping failures can be identified, the chances for success will be difficult to improve because of the way such operations are initiated and conducted and the way the United Nations operates as an organization. Jett reviews the history of peacekeeping and the evolution in the number, size, scope, and cost of peacekeeping missions.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a well-researched and insightful look at a controversial activity, particularly because of recent peacekeeping failures in Bosnia and Somalia.” —Booklist

“Well-researched, pertinent, and often wise.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A very useful, well-written study and should be in the library of all interested in multinational peacekeeping.” —Foreign Service Jourbanal

Booklist
This is a well-researched and insightful look at a controversial activity, particularly because of recent peacekeeping failures in Bosnia and Somalia.
Choice
...a sobering and measured evaluation of their lessons for PKO reform in a highly constrained environment. The bottom line: prospects for effective reform and future successes are doubtful.
Booknews
This is a paperbound repirnt of a 1999 book about which Book News wrote: Jett (Diplomat in Residence, Carter Center, Atlanta) shows why peacekeeping operations fail by comparing unsuccessful with successful efforts in a range of peacekeeping missions. While causes of past failures may be identifiable, the book argues that chances for success will be difficult in the future because of the way peacekeeping operations are initiated and conducted, and the way the UN functions internally. Jett explains why peacekeeping has become more necessary, possible, and desired and yet more complex, difficult, and less frequently used. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312239428
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,124,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis C. Jett entered the foreign service in 1972. Before becoming Ambassador to Peru, he was Ambassador to Mozambique.

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Table of Contents

A Brief History of Peacekeeping
• Failing Before Beginning
• Similar Histories, Different Outcomes
• Failing While Doing
• The External Factors
• Humanitarian Aid and Failure
• Getting Out and Afterwards
• Why Reforms Fails

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