International Quick Response Forces
Final rept. Mar-Jun 1994
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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Increasing in number and complexity over the past five years, the UNs peacekeeping efforts have met with mixed success. The search for more effective multilateral ways to preserve peace and promote regional stability leads to consideration of an international quick response force. A survey of collective action options - AD HOC coalitions, regional security organizations and the United Nations - identifies the UN as the organization best suited for the quick response role. Recent historical cases illustrate that quick response - in Croatia and Macedonia - can be beneficial inaction and procrastination - in Bosnia and Rwanda - bring with them high costs and forlorn outcomes. The proposed standby UN quick response force would consist of earmarked, on call national units of varying capabilities, qualities and ethnicities from which to choose and tailor a force according to the requirements of the mission. Effective operation of the force requires expansion of the UN Secretariat, a prescribed deployment process, and clear lines of UN and national command and control.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics