Recent Developments in Peacekeeping — The Irish Military Experience

  • Oliver A. K. Macdonald


Peacekeeping is an activity most frequently associated with the United Nations as they pursue the primary purpose of that organization. This, according to the Charter, is:

to maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.1


Security Council International Peace Security Council Resolution Defence Force Observer Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver A. K. Macdonald
    • 1
  1. 1.United Nations Training SchoolIreland

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