The UK and UN Peace Operations: A Case for Greater Engagement

David Curran, Paul D. WIlliams

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    In mid-1995, Britain provided over 10,000 United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, more than any other country in the world. By 1996 this number had plummeted to a few hundred and has been consistently below 400 since 2005. In September 2015 Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the UK would deploy up to 370 British troops to UN-mandated peace operations in Somalia and South Sudan, more than doubling the UK’s personnel commitment to UN-mandated operations. Combined with the withdrawal of UK forces from Afghanistan, the release of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), and the UK’s hosting of the next Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping in September 2016, this decision has intensified debates about whether and how the UK should increase its participation in UN peace operations. This report reflects on how UN peace operations could be integrated into UK foreign policy and makes a case for why Britain should enhance its participation in UN peace operations.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherOxford Research Group
    Commissioning bodyOxford Research Group
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016

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    • Peacekeeping
    • Peacebuilding
    • United Nations
    • United Kingdom
    • Defence
    • foreign policy


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