Source: (2006) Doctor of Philosophy Thesis. The Australian National University.

Peacekeeping operations have the potential to do enormous good or they can merely suppress conflict that emerges again later. They can even damage some communities. A purely military, controlled violence perspective that dominates a peace operation can secure negative peace but not much else. Military theory and doctrine has not yet produced thorough principles for peace operations and this limits the contribution that military forces can make to resolving civil war. Sometimes deployments have gone badly wrong. The Somalia intervention is a prime example of this. The Somalia case suggests that insufficiently inducted peacekeepers combined with an orientation to war‐fighting are not likely to induce the necessary environment for longerterm peacebuilding. The peace nodes within Somali society were not recognised; this impeded the work of the peace force.(author's abstract).


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