Professor Lise Howard in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage: “Five myths about peacekeeping”
The Conflict Resolution program’s founder, associate professor of government at Georgetown and the author of Power in Peacekeeping, Lise Howard, writes on the successes and limitations of United Nations peacekeeping, some key actors in the field, and how peacekeeping is really nothing like counterinsurgency.
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres warns that a “financial crisis” threatens peacekeeping activities because U.N. member states have not paid 25 percent of the $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget. Those dues are crucial because peacekeepers are protecting millions of civilians in more than a dozen war zones and hot spots. The United Nations has nearly 90,000 uniformed personnel deployed, more than any other type of uniformed troops in current conflicts around the globe. Peacekeeping is important, effective and inexpensive, but it remains mired in myths.