The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century by Jean-Marie GuéhennoThe Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century by Jean-Marie Guéhenno

The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century

byJean-Marie Guéhenno

Paperback | May 12, 2015

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No small number of books laud and record the heroic actions of those at war. But the peacekeepers? Who tells their stories?

At the beginning of the 1990s, the world exited the cold war and entered an era of great promise for peace and security. Guided by an invigorated United Nations, the international community set out to end conflicts that had flared into vicious civil wars and to unconditionally champion human rights and hold abusers responsible. The stage seemed set for greatness. Today that optimism is shattered. The failure of international engagement in conflict areas ranging from Afghanistan to Congo and Lebanon to Kosovo has turned believers into skeptics. The Fog of Peace is a firsthand reckoning by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the man who led UN peacekeeping efforts for eight years and has been at the center of all the major crises since the beginning of the 21st century. Guéhenno grapples with the distance between the international community's promise to protect and the reality that our noble aspirations may be beyond our grasp.

The author illustrates with personal, concrete examples—from the crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Sudan, Darfur, Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Georgia, Lebanon, Haiti, and Syria—the need to accept imperfect outcomes and compromises. He argues that nothing is more damaging than excessive ambition followed by precipitous retrenchment. We can indeed save many thousands of lives, but we need to calibrate our ambitions and stay the course.

Jean-Marie Guehenno is a nonresident senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and a professor with the Center on International Cooperation at Columbia University. He is also a former United Nations under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations.
Title:The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:331 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0815726309

ISBN - 13:9780815726302


Table of Contents

1 Introduction: the end of the Cold War: welcome to a world without moral clarity! 2 Afghanistan: 9/11 and the "war on terror" 3 Iraq: can the UN have a useful role when the US is the strategic player? 4 Georgia: the war that could have been avoided 5 Côte d'Ivoire: elections are rarely the shortest route to peace. 6 Democratic Republic of the Congo: the limits of force 7 Congo: was it worth it? 8 Sudan: the dangers of a fragmented strategy for a fragmented country 9 Deploying peacekeepers in Darfur against all odds 10- Lebanon: how to end a war 10 Lebanon: how to end a war 11 Kosovo: the long goodbye 12 Haiti or the difficulty of helping others 13 Syria: a world out of control 14 Reforming international institutions 15 Epilogue

Editorial Reviews

The Fog of Peace is by far the best analysis of UN peacekeeping since Brian Urquhart's indispensable writings on the subject.-David Rieff, New York Review of Books