More than Fighting for Peace?

Conflict Resolution, UN Peacekeeping, and the Role of Training Military Personnel

  • David Curran

Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Curran
    Pages 1-14
  3. Trends in Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeper Training

  4. Specific Areas of Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
  5. Looking Ahead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. David Curran
      Pages 135-143
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-150

About this book


This book provides a contemporary account of the linkages between the academic field of conflict resolution and the practice of military peacekeeping, through the lens of pre-deployment training for military personnel about to embark on UN peacekeeping operations. Military personnel serving on United Nations peacekeeping operations are deployed into highly challenging post-conflict environments, where the likelihood of violence remains high. Moreover, these personnel are deployed part of a wider peace process, and are thus situated as an anchor point in a transition from war to peace. This dimension of their work therefore means that a range of skills and techniques are relied upon, which come not from traditional military training, but from other, non-traditional fields.  It is into this gap where the academic field of conflict resolution has made a valuable contribution to understanding international peacekeeping. Since the 1970’s, studies have sought to understand international peacekeeping as a necessary stage in conflict de-escalation, and ultimately transformation. From this, there is a history of engagement including studies which seek to understand the skills peacekeepers may need to assist them in their day to day activities, and the role that international peacekeeping plays in wider projects of conflict transformation. 


Conflict Resolution Humanitarian Military Peacebuilding Peacekeeping Training United Nations

Authors and affiliations

  • David Curran
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Rel.Coventry University Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Rel.CoventryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46303-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46305-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-4024
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-4032
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