Peace operations are now a principal tool for managing armed conflict and building world peace. The fully revised, expanded and updated second edition of Understanding Peacekeeping provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the theory, practice and politics of contemporary peace operations. Drawing on more than twenty-five historical and contemporary case studies, this book evaluates the changing characteristics of the contemporary environment in which peacekeepers operate, what role peace operations play in wider processes of global politics, the growing impact of non-state actors, and the major challenges facing today's peacekeepers. All the chapters have been revised and expanded and eight new chapters have been added. Part 1 summarizes the central concepts and issues related to peace operations. It includes a new discussion of the theories of peace operations and analysis of the emerging responsibility to protect norm. Part 2 charts the historical development of peacekeeping from 1945 and includes a new chapter on peace operations in the 21st century.
In Part 3, separate chapters analyze seven different types of peace operations: preventive deployments; traditional peacekeeping; assisting transition; transitional administrations; wider peacekeeping; peace enforcement; and peace support operations. Part 4 looks forward and examines the central challenges facing today's peacekeepers, namely, globalization, the regionalization of peace operations, the privatization of security, civilian protection, policing and gender issues. The second edition of Understanding Peacekeeping will be essential reading for students and scholars of peace and conflict studies, security studies, and international relations.
Alex J. Bellamy is Professor of International Security in the Griffith Asia Institute/Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC Stuart Griffin is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College, London
List of Figures List of Maps List of Boxes List of Tables Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Guide to companion website Introduction Part 1: Concepts and Issues 1 Peace Operations in Global Politics 2 Who are the Peacekeepers? Part 2: Historical Development 3 The Early Peacekeepers 4 Peace Operations During the 1990s 5 Peace Operations in the Twenty-First Century Part 3: Types of Peace Operations 6 Preventive Deployments 7 Traditional Peacekeeping 8 Wider Peacekeeping 9 Peace Enforcement 10 Assisting Transitions 11 Transitional Administrations 12 Peace Support Operations Part 4: Contemporary Challenges 13 Regionalization 14 Privatization 15 Protection of Civilians 16 Gender 17 Policing Conclusion/ Bibliography/ Index