Alternatives to Ad Hoc Sovereign Forces

  • Malcolm Hugh Patterson


This chapter summarises the historical context from which a corporate alternative eventually evolved. States’ ad hoc deployments emerged in the mid-1950s during a lengthy debate over proposals for military or paramilitary units. These forces were at first intended to address a range of tasks wider than peacekeeping as envisaged in UNEF 1.1 The following section examines early discussions on the matter and the third scrutinises three historically prominent examples: rotating states’ units, standby forces and a permanent volunteer legion. Contract forces are introduced where a UN legion bears occasional comparison. The fourth section canvasses those curiously understated disadvantages accompanying regional peacekeeping in the context of waning Security Council authority. The fifth section explores the varied origins and purposes of a miscellany of modern rapid reaction forces; and the summary reviews the reasons for a generally unsatisfactory situation, but one that is the subject of encouraging claims explored in the following chapter.


Security Council Military Force Home State Collective Security Peace Operation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 28.
    A. Morrison, ‘The Fiction of a Standing UN Army’, Fletcher Forum on World Affairs Vol. 18 No. 83 (1994) pp. 87–9.Google Scholar
  2. 47.
    C. Kaysen & G.W. Rathjens, ‘Send in the Troops: A UN Foreign Legion’, The Washington Quarterly Vol. 20 No. 1 (Winter 1997) p. 210.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 65.
    J.F. Hillen III, ‘Policing the New World Order: The Operational Utility of a Permanent UN Army’, Strategic Review Vol XXII No. 2 (Spring 1994) pp. 60Google Scholar
  4. 83.
    M. Hirsh, ‘Calling All Regio-Cops’, Foreign Affairs Vol. 79 No. 2 (2000) p. 7.Google Scholar
  5. 91.
    See D.S. Yost, ‘The New NATO and Collective Security’, Survival Vol. 40 No. 2 (Summer 1998) p. 142.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Malcolm Hugh Patterson 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm Hugh Patterson

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations