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African Female Military in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions

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Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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United Nations UN Peacekeeping Operations PKO reflect the changing nature of the post-Cold War world. PKO involve large-scale deployment of resources to prevent fighting and establish stability between those parties in conflict. Many factors contribute to both successful and less-successful PO one factor recently addressed by the UN is that of female representation. The purpose of this research was to explore the representation of female members in UNPKO and how their representation contributed to mission success. The main question this thesis addressed was what is the value added of female military in UNPKO To accomplish this end, the study reviewed international policy regarding Women, Peace and Security, and applied key factors from these documents to case studies of Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan and UN missions in Liberia, the Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The author used three evaluation criteria, based upon the three components of strategy - ends, ways, and means to assess overall effectiveness of these missions. This study recommends increasing women representation in UNPKO, in general, and African female representation in particular.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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