Key Issues for Training the Leaders, Managers, and Planners who Join the Peacekeeping Operations and Working in Chaos Environment

Key Issues for Training the Leaders, Managers, and Planners who Join the Peacekeeping Operations and Working in Chaos Environment

Haydar Ateş (TUA, Hacettepe University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6433-3.ch052
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The importance of peacekeeping operations has been increasing for the last 65-70 years, especially after World War II (WWII). The main point for peacekeepers is to be ready to provent and/or solve the conflict in any part of the world. The UN, UN type peacekeeping organizations, and NGO's should be ready for these kinds of missions. The leaders, managers, and planners who join the peacemaking and peacekeeping operations must be educated and trained to be ready to work in chaos environment, ready for the mission and prepared to gain the confidence and support of the host nation. The first step is to analyze the region/country which has conflict. This chapter clarifies the important issues that must be taken care of in training peacekeeping leaders, managers, and planners. Peacekeeping leaders should have “peace-intelligence” to be effective while planning and conducting operation. This kind of leader may approach in proper way and can provide confidence of host nation and disputing parties to take the best result from the operation. One of the important parts of this issue is the lesson learned from other peacemaking and peacekeeping operations.
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Peacekeeping is not a soldier's job, but only a soldier can do it ‑ Anonymous UN Peacekeeping Soldier



First of all, it should be better to give some basic information about peacekeeping organizations background and main type of operations to perform this mission. The League of Nations wasfounded in 1920 and it may be considered the basis of the peacekeeping and humanitarian effort missions throughout the world. The countries tried to recover the WWI effect and providing peace around the world. But, this effort couldn’t prevent WWII. After the WWII, the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 to replace the League of Nations and targeting to stop wars/conflicts and to provide dialogue platform among nations. It is composed of multiple sub-organizations to carry out its mission. The UN is multinational and intergovernmental organization with the aim of facilitating and promoting security for sustaining world peace in regional and global level, human rights, improving democracy, basic education, development, social progress, political freedoms. Besides UN, there have been established some international and multinational peacekeeping and peacemaking organizations to solve local, regional, and worldwide conflicts. All of these organizations perform three kind of peace operations and other missions according to their mandates. The main kind of operations are “peace enforcement,” “traditional peacekeeping,” and “expanded peacekeeping.”

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