The State of UN Peacekeeping: Lessons from Congo

Mats Berdal*

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The article considers the state of UN peacekeeping through the prism of its long-running operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Focusing in particular on the challenges raised by use of force and the protection of civilians in conditions of ongoing armed conflict, it argues that UN field operations must be aligned much more closely than they have been over the past 15 years to political and diplomatic efforts aimed at securing viable political settlements to internal conflict. The issues raised by the history of the UN’s troubled mission in the DRC are deeply relevant to the wider discussion of the organisation’s role in the field of peace and security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-750
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Issue number5
Early online date30 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2018


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