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
warâ€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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