Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

United Nations: Peacekeeping and Peace Building

  • Lynette E. Sieger
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_556

Traditional United Nations (UN) practices for peacekeeping missions in conflict areas are conducted under the general guidelines first that the UN should intervene only when all warring parties have consented to a UN presence. This step is critical because it garners legitimacy for UN missions, reduces the risk of hostility against UN peacekeepers, and the mutual agreement of all parties indicates that there is a peace to keep. Second, UN peacekeeping missions are executed under the principle of neutrality which leads to a third guiding principle that UN peacekeepers use force only in cases of self-defense.

Peacebuilding is distinct from though complimentary to peacekeeping. UN peacebuilding focuses on building and strengthening the capacities within a state for conflict management. Peacebuilding typically includes the demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration of combatants. Another key aspiration of UN peacebuilding is the development of political dispute settlement through...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynette E. Sieger
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  1. 1.Gallatin SchoolNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA