Where Should the UN Focus Its Peacekeeping Resources, and Why?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 24, 2010
A UN Peacekeeper in Haiti

On September 23, Secretary Clinton spoke at the United Nations about peacekeeping. While praising the “dedicated men and women who work under the blue flag in troubled lands very far from their homes,” Secretary Clinton also noted the need for improvement -- for “clear, credible and achievable mandates for all UN missions.”

With these criteria in mind, where should the UN focus its peacekeeping resources, and why?

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Gary P.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 24, 2010

Gary P. in Washington writes:

Yemen. Though the country is not a democracy by our standards,they are open to aid, and changeable. All indicators are that this will be the next, and future stronghold for teariest organizations. So far their damage has been minimal, but it is fast becoming the latest refuge from which operations may be launched.

Jake G.
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United States
September 24, 2010

Jake G. in the U.S.A. writes:

The Democratic Republic of Congo. "http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/09/why-the-u-s-should-send-troops-a..."

goozidi
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Georgia
September 25, 2010

Goozidi in Georgia (USA) writes:

Stop supporting Israel = main ingredient for peace. tell who really was behind 911. stop mummifying the people.

Susan M.
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California, USA
September 25, 2010

Susan M. in California writes:

Sudan. The government of Sudan continues to obstruct the UN's peacekeeping mission there preventing free and unfettered access to civilians at risk and undermining the mission's mandate to protect them. A recent example includes the attack on Tabarat market in Darfur where 50 people were killed and UNAMID's response was delayed for days while waiting for the government's permission to respond. Clearly, the government of Sudan's obstruction is preventing a "clear, credible and achievable mandate" for the UN Mission in Sudan and must be addressed.

sujat k.
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India
September 25, 2010

Sujat K. in India writes:

shud be deployed where

1. National armies insufficient,inadequate and not "functional"

2.Shud be deployed where damage from potential damage to world peace and lives is maximum

Hence deploy in areas to prevent Nukes, WMDs, Chemicals weapons from falling in Unsafe hands ( guaurd Nukes ,WMDs, chemical weapons) if they cannot be destroyed outright

2. Deploy in areas where lack of peace affects livelihood of most people leading to war and war crimes in neighbouring nations

more points may be given later

Leslie
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Texas, USA
September 25, 2010

Leslie in Texas writes:

Yemen, absolutely! It would also be wise for our government to stop ignoring what is going on in the world and get back to our fundamentals and what really made this nation so great. We need to beef up our military and tighten security and get a handle on illegal immigration.

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
September 25, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Chicago!

Darian
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Illinois, USA
September 26, 2010

Darian in Illinois writes:

PALESTINE. Let's end this already. Define the two-state solution, unilaterally plot the map coordinates based on a final security counsel vote, and then put boots on the ground to defend the border - from either side that wants to alter it. Deploy as many troops as possible as quick as possible.

Pedro A.
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Puerto Rico
September 26, 2010

Pedro A. in Puerto Rico writes:

Where should they be stationed?

#1 Where the absence of UN Forces would result in a World Wide Environmental or Human catastrophe.

#2 Where the greatest “injustice” is being commited to any living thing including the Planet.

#3 Where the lack of presence of UN Forces would result in a Civil War or War amongst World Nations!

Martina K.
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California, USA
September 26, 2010

Martina K. in California writes:

Thank you for asking. Before authorizing new peacekeeping missions, the UN should implement fully and make truly operational its existing peacekeeping missions (e.g., Sudan, Congo, Somalia). As the US has declared the situation in Darfur genocide, the UN found "genocidal acts" there, and Sudan's President has outstanding ICC arrest warrants for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and has a 20+ year history of slaughtering his own people, one can easily support Sudan as the top priority. In the future, UNSC should establish peacekeeping missions of a size and with technical, etc. support that makes them capable of succeeding, not just as political band-aids.

Kenneth C.
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Virginia, USA
September 26, 2010

Kenneth C. in Virginia writes:

We need to keep our foot print in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Emirates and Bosnia to get ready for the new emerging nations such as China, India, Africa to keep our status as a world player.

Eric H.
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Wisconsin, USA
September 26, 2010

Eric H. in Wisconsin writes:

Perhaps give Mexico a hand in defending their public from the Cartels. That way, the Mexican Army could focus more on an offensive strike and try to reclaim full control.

Charles P.
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New York, USA
September 26, 2010

Charles P. in New York writes:

I think the DRC or Sudan are the best options, both on a humanitarian level and on a political level. Israel and palestine are non-options as its a political firestorm. Somalia is so far gone that it requires more than "peacekeeping troops". Yemen is not an option because the situation has not deteriorated nearly enough, and the yemeni government is receiving outside aid anyways. So as far as remaining hotspots - DRC and Sudan are left. Of course there are numerous other nations with their own tragedies occurring, but the UN's resources are limited, as is their mandate. They are not combat troops, nor should be used to replace combat troops (hence not suggesting Iraq). DRC and Sudan are the two perfect candidates for further UN support, as the mere presence of UN troops inhibits humanitarian atrocities and ethnic violence.

If a new location is to be suggested, what about Kazakhstan and their recent spurt of ethnic conflict? The UN might receive some resistance from Russia as Russia might view it as an infringement on its still perceived "sphere of influence", but they might also be thankful that the UN would take something off their backs so they can focus on Chechnya...

Rita N.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 26, 2010

Rita N. in Washington writes:

Call it peacekeeping or peacemaking but the people of Iran desperately need help. There is mass murder going on and only because some are very brave does the world know about it.

Ok, thats where.

And the why is not only as I've stated above but because Iran as an ally would be a very good thing in that region.

AJ F.
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Idaho, USA
September 26, 2010

A.J. in Idaho writes:

I think peacekeeping forces should be strengthened in Sudan. The Sudanese government has continued to commit mass atrocities and major human rights violations, and with the upcoming referendum the environment could get a lot worse. Thanks for all you do.

143indians
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India
September 26, 2010

I. in India writes:

I think it the time for the UN to take the form of world government but not before rationalization of UN-structure. When the world is getting closer in the several forms like EU union, ASEAN, & so on then it becomes relevant that UN may sooner or later become the one & only government of the world.

So, my answer to the question "Where Should the UN Focus Its Peacekeeping Resources, and Why?" is that it should focus its energy & resources towards the betterment of the world. There are many places in the world which require urgent intervention of the world body viz. Sudan,North Korea,Tibet,Afganistan,etc. There are various autocratic governments where people more particularly women & minorities don't have any rights & they need UN intervention.

Hence the UN should also work for the spread of democracy & elimination of any kind of autocracy like religion based, kingdoms, communists, army, etc.

Regards,

Bruce M.
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United States
September 26, 2010

Bruce M. in the U.S.A. writes:

The establishment of majority rule in South Africa eliminated one of the three poles of instability that have plagued the continent in the past thirty years, but until the sprawling and intersecting conflicts in Southern Sudan, the CAR and eastern DCR are resolved, they will continue to undermine the opportunities for peaceful development in a broad swathe of Central Africa.

Helen
September 26, 2010

Helen writes:

I think UN should focus all its powers to improve the institutional structure first. Security Council should be reorganized after new and better criteria because the world map changed since 1945. If once a resolution used to be voted and respected ad litteram, nowdays, the meetings seem more like a occasion for divergents between countries.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 26, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

UN Blues are Red Target.

Here it is. The UN Blues have become a red-hot target for all bad actors...mations, terrorist groups, extremeista looking for media attention...So, realize that they are often set-up....and scapegoated....Can we change this situation?...The UN has become an easy target.

OysterCracker
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United States
September 27, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

What's the point of going into a country without establishing any lasting economy and education. The U.N. should run like a well greased machine. Conflict resolution, industries, infrastructure, education. Don't waste a good mind. Get people moving, building and dreaming so they're not looking for ways to kill you.

Ishtiaq A.
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Pakistan
September 27, 2010

Ishtiaq A. in Pakistan writes:

Dear Sir,
The question that where the UN should focus its peacekeeping resources and why?the UN should work for the global peace and although it is working but sometimes it is misguided by the locals.In my opinion the UN peacekeeping forces should and the UN should deploy its forces in the Pashton majority areas of Pakistan,specially tribal areas where the ISI of Pakistan is functioning as state in a sate.I would like to draw the attention of world towards this injustice in this part of the world.Where people are killed just for the sake of dollars and for the interest of few people by Pakistani Army,they don't kill terrorists but innocent civilians. Once UN forces got control of this area the roots of terrorism can be eliminated from this part of the world easily.Thanks.

adam
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Israel
September 27, 2010

Adam in Israel writes:

As a US citizen, I think the US needs to take a more firm stance against Israel. Israel does whatever it wants despite international and US pressure and international law. It's time we stood up and told them they cannot continue ignoring what's right. Things will not change without the US being more assertive against Israeli aggression.

Ole
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New York, USA
September 27, 2010

Ole in New York writes:

Charles, with all respect, Chechnya and the rest of Caucasus is the region where precisely MORE and not LESS UN attention is needed. as, sadly, Russia is the main source of instability there(or better put, the policies of current Russian regime)

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
September 27, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I think they could do a lot of good focusing on the drug trafficing near the Iran boarders.
That way terrorist couldn't buy weapons too,kill UN and Allied forces.This would be an achievable Task that would help everyones countries in the fight against Human suffering that come form the drug trade that creates drug addicts in all our countries.
I would also recommend sending them in to Mexico too,fight the drug cartels that support terrorist groups though out the world with the money they make off sell too the USA and Canadian people. This would also help stop the Iranians from sending weapons and money too terrorist in ,Pakistan, Afghanistan and all neighboring countries with terrorist groups.

Anyways,this could be a Good Mission for UN Peacekeepers too,stop the Evil that is spilling out of Iran into the world around Us.

I also hope, Israel blows the Hell out of Iran in the near Future, the world will be a better place with out them funding people who kill Women and Children in our Countries.

These Missions are all Tasks that could be Achieve if people really want to stop Terrorist and Terrorism .

Go UN Peacekeepers, Good Luck ! :):)

palgye
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South Korea
September 27, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

facebook or twitter social network for people of Palestine and Israel to solve the problem one way to find new territory to the Palestinians go for a little action that makes the formation of public opinion? The Among Middle Eastern countries as far away country, looking for the peace that everyone wants.

Topic burdensome because someone suggested a little heavier hagieneun suddenly announced I think.

Ronald O.
September 27, 2010

Ronald O. writes:

Palestine. The region in the West Bank has been peaceless for too long. We should focus our efforts on sustaining the peace talks and work on moving towards a better tomorrow.

Rey R.
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Pennsylvania, USA
September 27, 2010

Rey R. in Pennsylvania writes:

UN should spend some time on Afghanistan. There's a lot of humanitarian aid, and a lot of peacekeeping that needs to be done. I don't know if I should be telling you this, since you're state.gov and all, but shh...the invading forces there haven't been doing such a good job at peacekeeping. Maybe the UN could do a better job! Like they did in Darfur or Rwanda. Look, I'm all for international communities, securing democracy, but stealing CNN's techniques for policymaking isn't the best way to do it.

Rwandan A.
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California, USA
September 27, 2010

R.I.L.A. in California writes:

I think the great lakes region of Africa has had enough bloodshed and innocent lives lost to last lifetimes. The international community can no longer ignore the signs as they have done so many times before. That is where some of the main focus should be directed and real action needs to take place. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi all need the help. Also, with the upcoming UN report on Rwanda's current government's role in the killings of thousands of Hutus, it is important to pay special attention to the country because that report may inspire more evil to take place.

Though as a Rwandan genocide survivor, I wonder if I am only wasting time even writing this comment. The truth is, the UN has always known what I've just said and more about troubles of central Africa yet they have always managed NOT to do anything. What will be different this time? Though if someone is reading this, and really taking these comments into consideration, then please, do follow up. Stop letting these people who clearly can't help themselves and whose leaders are the cause of their troubles continue to suffer.

Thank you.

Stephie
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California, USA
September 27, 2010

Stephie in California writes:

I agree with everyone who stated that the UN needs to focus on a war against drugs. It is this money that is funding these wars and it is still difficult to trace in this day and age without getting bogged down in the mire of lawsuits involving privacy. The UN needs to move to the perimeter/border of every nation involved in the trade and cut the traffic off, literally, at airports, train stations and ports involving international traffic. To that end, piracy in the waters has flourished since the '80's, not diminished, and it is evident that the naval forces are in need of reinforcements as well. The people funding these wars are in it for the money, they have no regard for the end game. Cut off their ability to fund these wars and go from there.

Fred M.
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United States
September 27, 2010

Fred M. in the U.S.A. writes:

ISRAEL. they are the biggest challenge to America's security.

The NEOCONS of Netanyahu are worse than Hitler.

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