Accession Number:

ADA317360

Title:

Soldiers for Peace. An Operational Typology.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

108.0

Abstract:

Peace operations do not appear in the Charter of the United Nations rather, they evolved through ad hoc responses to conflict. Nor has the United Nations promulgated authoritative doctrine for peace operations as, for example, the U.S. armed services do for combat operations. As a result, the subject of peace operations is plagued by imprecise definitions. Even the most fundamental terms are inconsistently or vaguely defined, including consent and impardaiity, which set the boundary between peace operations and other uses of military force. Such imprecision makes peace operations more difficult to conduct successfully and tends to discredit them. Indeed, there is much tmth in widespread criticism that the larger peace operations in particular have become murky and ill-defined. This report attempts to promote clarity by defining terms precisely and developing a typology of peace operations across the spectrum. This typology is intended as a practical guide based on the accumulated experience of five decades of peace operations conducted under authority of the United Nations.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE