Most peacekeeping operations have been administered by the United Nations. U.N. peacekeeping operations involve multiple states, which is why they are called multilateral peacekeeping operations. However, other organizations practice multilateral peacekeeping. One such example is AMISOM: the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. This prompt asks you to utilize this case to assess the advantages and disadvantages of the multilateral model.
To complete this post, follow these steps in order.
Read Chapter 3 in your textbook (Diehl & Balas, 2014), “The Organization of Peacekeeping Operations.”
Read the following background materials on AMISOM from the AMISOM website:
amisom-au.org/about-somalia/brief-history (Links to an external site.)
amisom-au.org/amisom-background (Links to an external site.)
amisom-au.org/amisom-mandate (Links to an external site.)
Read the following analysis of peacekeeping in AMISOM: http://www.ipstc.org/media/documents/occasional_paper_4-4.pdf
In about 100 words, describe the key organizational characteristics of AMISOM, as well as its mission.
In about 100 words, identify factors that have made AMISOM successful and unsuccessful.
Both AMISOM and United Nations peacekeeping missions are examples of multilateral peacekeeping. In about 200 words, assess the efficacy of the multilateral model of peacekeeping. In doing so, please
Identify the advantages of a multilateral approach, relative to a unilateral approach (a peacekeeping mission executed by one nation alone).
Identify the disadvantages of a multilateral approach, relative to a unilateral approach (a peacekeeping mission executed by one nation alone).