Problem

Uncoordinated international peacekeeping

Other Names:
Inadequate United Nations military operations
Incidence:

In 1993 the crises in Somalia, Bosnia and Cambodia exposed the severe shortcomings of the UN peacekeeping forces. During a period in 1993 when there were 30 armed conflicts in the world, the UN was overwhelmed with its 13 active peacekeeping operations.

Claim:

UN peacekeeping efforts are effectively programmed amateurism due to near total absence of contingency planning and a lack of centralized command and control within peacekeeping forces. The military and civilian components of the UN operations are hastily recruited, ill equipped and often unprepared.

 

Counter Claim:

If the UN is ill organized, under-financed and short of well-trained forces with clearly defined rules of engagement, the fault lies not with the UN but with the member governments of the Security Council who: refuse to reactivate the Military Staff Committee that previously provided military direction to its operations; ignore pleas for specially trained standby forces; fail to tackle the UN's chronic financial problems relating to its peacekeeping operations; and fail to make adequate intelligence available to the Secretary-General.

 

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.01.2018 – 19:08 CET