Keeping Watch

Monitoring Technology and Innovation in UN Peace Operations

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Knowledge is power. In the hands of United Nations peacekeepers, it can be a power for peace. Lacking knowledge, peacekeepers often find themselves powerless in the field, unable to protect themselves and others. This book explains how technologies can increase the range, effectiveness and accuracy of United Nations observation. It also identifies potential problems and pitfalls with modern technologies and the challenges to incorporate them into the United Nations system. It examines the few cases of technologies effectively harnessed in the field and offers creative recommendations to overcome the institutional inertia and widespread misunderstandings about how technology can complement human initiative in the quest for peace in war-torn lands.




Wars and conflicts exact a terrible toll on people well beyond those caught in the cross-fire. Massive human displacement, lost lives and livelihoods, deteriorating health and governmental services, the demise of justice and broken societies are all results of endemic violence. The cycle of insecurity empowers warlords and militarists, emboldens combatants and inflates military budgets in regions unable to afford such diversions. As well, it has repercussions around our interconnected world.


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