Considers the consequences of peacekeeping operations, by bringing together field experiences and academic analysis. This book investigates the effects of unintended consequences of peacekeeping operations on individuals and groups of individuals, on the host society and economy, and on the troop-contributing countries.
The deployment of a large number of soldiers, police officers and civilian personnel for peacekeeping operations inevitably has various effects on the host society and economy, not all of which are in keeping with the peacekeeping mandate or easily discernible prior to the intervention. Such unintended consequences are especially serious when they cause harm to the local community, as in the case of sexual abuse and exploitation, corruption, or the creation of a false economy. Unintended side-effects can also negatively affect the ability of the peacekeeping mission to achieve its mandate. Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations considers the consequences of peacekeeping operations, by bringing together field experiences and academic analysis. It investigates the effects of unintended consequences of peacekeeping operations on individuals and groups of individuals, on the host society and economy, and on the troop-contributing countries. It also analyses the degree to which the United Nations has tried to manage some of these side-effects, as well as the United Nations' accountability in the context of the international legal framework.This publication aims to improve the way in which such operations are planned and managed and identifies the need to develop a culture of accountability. This, it argues, should include institutionalising processes aimed at anticipating unintended consequences as a routine part of all planning cycles, and the monitoring of effects - including unintended effects - so that steps can be taken to prevent and manage negative side-effects as early as possible.
* Chiyuki Aoi is an Associate Professor of International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. * Cedric de Coning is a Research Fellow at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), South Africa. * Ramesh Thakur is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
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