Walking Point for Peace: An Irish view on the state of UN peacekeeping
A number of European countries are considering playing a greater military role in UN peacekeeping. However, they have many concerns about the UN's systems for managing missions, which differ markedly from NATO and EU standards. Ireland, which has been a regular contributor to UN forces throughout the post-Cold War period, is unusually well placed to address these concerns and sort fact from fiction about how the UN works. In this paper, based on in-depth interviews with Irish officers and policy-makers and UN officials, Edward Burke and Jonathan Marley give detailed insights into their experiences and lessons.
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