All necessary means to what ends? The unintended consequences of the 'robust turn' in UN peace operations

Hunt, C 2017, 'All necessary means to what ends? The unintended consequences of the 'robust turn' in UN peace operations', International Peacekeeping, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 108-131.


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Title All necessary means to what ends? The unintended consequences of the 'robust turn' in UN peace operations
Author(s) Hunt, C
Year 2017
Journal name International Peacekeeping
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 108
End page 131
Total pages 24
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract A 'robust turn' in UN peace operations has ushered in a new generation of missions that are epitomized by increased authorization and willingness to use force towards the protection of vulnerable civilians and the implementation of stabilization strategies. This forceful transformation has important implications for not only particular components of the peace support effort but the overall endeavour. However, the potential unintended consequences remain underexplored and require further attention. This article examines the impacts of this so-called 'robust turn' in UN peace operations. The first section maps trends in modern peace operations that comprise the 'robust turn'. It proceeds to explore a range of repercussions precipitated by these trends with particular focus on unintended consequences. The article concludes by identifying the associated implications for specific missions as well as the peacekeeping endeavour as a whole. It argues that the unintended consequences of the robust turn present significant principled and practical challenges for mission architects and managers, as well as their political masters, in achieving unity of effort in UN peace operations. It further argues that this could have ramifications for the future reputation, substance and viability of UN peacekeeping.
Subject International Relations
Defence Studies
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13533312.2016.1214074
Copyright notice © 2016 Informa
ISSN 1353-3312
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