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The Special Monitoring Mission's Effectiveness in Fulfilling its Mandate

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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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The Organization for Security and Cooperation OSCE deployed a Special Monitoring Mission SMM to the Ukraine in 2014 to objectively observe and report on the conflict between Ukraine and its separatist regions in the East. The SMM is also tasked to facilitate dialogue between the parties of the conflict, monitor the ceasefire, and the withdrawal of the heavy weapons and foreign forces. This study analyzes the SMMs effectiveness in the implementing its mandate. This analysis uses a framework of effectiveness derived from a New Zealand government document that focuses on resources that SMM uses, products, in the form of reports, that the SMM issues, and obstacles that the SMM encounters to fulfill its mandate. This study finds that while the SMM is effective at implementing its mandate, this does not mean that the SMM is capable of resolving the conflict nor does it mean there is no room for improving its effectiveness. This study makes recommendations on how the OSCE and SMM might improve.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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