UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars by Lise Morjé HowardUN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars by Lise Morjé Howard

UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars

byLise Morjé Howard

Paperback | December 10, 2007

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Civil wars pose some of the most difficult problems in the world today and the United Nations is the organization generally called upon to bring and sustain peace. Lise Morjé Howard studies the sources of success and failure in UN peacekeeping. Her in-depth 2007 analysis of some of the most complex UN peacekeeping missions debunks the conventional wisdom that they habitually fail, showing that the UN record actually includes a number of important, though understudied, success stories. Using systematic comparative analysis, Howard argues that UN peacekeeping succeeds when field missions establish significant autonomy from UN headquarters, allowing civilian and military staff to adjust to the post-civil war environment. In contrast, failure frequently results from operational directives originating in UN headquarters, often devised in relation to higher-level political disputes with little relevance to the civil war in question. Howard recommends future reforms be oriented toward devolving decision-making power to the field missions.
Title:UN Peacekeeping in Civil WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:418 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:December 10, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521707676

ISBN - 13:9780521707671

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The failures: Somalia, Rwanda, Angola, Bosnia; 3. Namibia: the first major success; 4. El Salvador: centrally-propelled learning; 5. Cambodia: organizational dysfunction, partial learning and mixed success; 6. Mozambique: learning to create consent; 7. Eastern Slavonia: institution-building and the limited use of force; 8. East Timor: the UN as state; 9. The ongoing multidimensional operations; 10. Conclusion: two levels of organizational learning.

Editorial Reviews

"In this impressive work of scholarship, Lise Morjé Howard subjects UN peacekeeping in civil wars to critical and rigorous scrutiny, concluding that accounts of their failures have been much exaggerated...The cases are studied methodically using a common structure. The literature coverage is extensive, even while this book marks a self-conscious departure in the sophistication of its conceptual and theoretical analysis...The writing is crisp, clear and succinct." Perspectives on Politics, Ramesh Thakur, Balsillie School of International Affairs- Waterloo, Canada