Transitioning from a U.N. Observer Mission to a Robust Peacekeeping Operation: Lessons from Sierra Leone
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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U.N. peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone have special significance, since this is the first time that the Security Council and the U.N. Secretariat has had to formulate mandates and concepts of operations CONOPS to confront a powermoney based organization that rules through terror with no clearly defined ethnic, clan, political or ideological agenda. A central conclusion of this survey is that although DPKO has demonstrate an improved capacity for organizing forces and formulating rules of engagement ROE, its further damaged the U.N.s already frayed reputation for neutrality and effectiveness. Moreover, the U.N.s setbacks in Sierra Leone showed that success in execution todays post-Cold War second generation peacekeeping operations depends less on coalition building or fielding large numbers of troops than on the deployment of an inner core of training and adequately equipped contingents under a unified command structure that are supported by militarily competent powers committed to executing an overall politicaleconomicmilitary strategy.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics