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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.

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Traditional peacekeeping: Cases

Modern UN peacekeeping has evolved from traditional missions, as described in Chapter 2. The basic monitoring tasks found in the earlier traditional operations remain in the newer multidimensional missions, though many new requirements were added. Because traditional operations illustrate some of the fundamental challenges facing all operations, they are examined here. Historical cases also provide an overview of past UN experience and show how the United Nations arrived where it is today. In addition, seven traditional missions are still in operation today, four of them keeping watch in the Middle East. (A full list of peacekeeping operations is provided in Appendix 1.)

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