After Rwanda pp 226-244 | Cite as

Peacekeepers, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Conflicts

  • Cedric Thornberry


Many of the UN peace support operations that have been created since 1989 are complex international conglomerates. Humanitarian organisations, governmental and non-governmental, often work alongside them. Despite the long field experience of bodies such as UNHCR and the ICRC, cooperating with peacekeepers is opening new perspectives. At times, there is no peace to keep. Especially in civil war situations, the parties usually do not fully accept that humanitarian assistance has any special status. This new environment is having a major impact, not only on the UN, but also upon some of the aid organisations. There are not, yet, many maps, and the process of discovery continues.


Security Council Geneva Convention Humanitarian Organisation Humanitarian Objective Civil Conflict 
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    UNHCR, Handbook for the Military (1995); UNHCR, Working with the Military (1995); ICRC, Symposium on Humanitarian Action and Peace-Keeping Operations (1994). See also, Col. Kenneth Allard, Somalia Operations — Lessons Learned (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, 1995).Google Scholar

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