United Nations peace operations : creating space for peace
U.S. military operations : law, policy, and practice
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
p. 691-728 : graph., photogr., diagr.
This chapter highlights the legal basis for what are known as peace operations. It reviews the United Nations Charter foundation for two types of peace operations: peacekeeping and peace enforcement. It then explains the historical development of peace operations and their organizational structure. Next the chapter details challenges in peace operations, including identifying the applicable law and providing accountability for peacekeeper misconduct. The chapter cogently utilizes the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a case study to explore both how well the United Nations has implemented lessons learned and the ramifications of a peacekeeping force with a mandate to carry out offensive operations.