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Understanding Peacekeeping [Paperback]

Alex J. Bellamy , Paul Williams , Stuart Griffin
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12 Jan 2004
Understanding Peacekeeping provides a comprehensive and up to date introduction to the theory, practice and politics of contemporary peacekeeping. It evaluates the changing characteristics of the contemporary environment in which peacekeepers operate, what role peacekeeping plays in wider processes of global politics, the growing impact of non–state actors, and the major challenges facing peacekeepers in the future.





Drawing on a wide range of historical and contemporary case studies, including: Afghanistan; Cambodia, Cyprus; the Democratic Republic of Congo; East Timor; El Salvador; Haiti, Liberia; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Somalia; and the former Yugoslavia, this book develops an original conceptual framework to chart the evolution of the role of peacekeeping in global politics, and highlights the unique characteristics of different types of peacekeeping operations. Part 1 examines concepts and issues related to peacekeeping in global politics. Part 2 charts the historical development of peacekeeping from 1945 to the present. In Part 3, separate chapters are devoted to different types of peacekeeping operations: traditional peacekeeping; managing transition; wider peacekeeping; peace enforcement; and peace support operations. Part 4 looks forward and examines developments in global politics that are presenting serious challenges to the concept and practice of peacekeeping, namely, globalization, the privatization of security, preventing violent conflict, and the establishment of protectorates.





Understanding Peacekeeping will be essential reading for students and scholars of peace and conflict studies, security studies, and international relations.


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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press (12 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745630588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745630588
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent introduction."


Paul F. Diehl, Choice



"Understanding Peacekeeping is very well suited as a core text for any course or module on peacekeeping because it evaluates the changing characteristics of the contemporary environment in which peacekeepers operate, what role peacekeeping plays in wider processes of global politics, the growing impact of non–state actors, and the major challenges facing peacekeepers in the future. It should be essential reading for all students and scholars of peace and conflict studies, security studies, and international relations".

Cedric de Coning, Conflict Trends

"Understanding Peacekeeping will make a fine textbook and reference work ... This is a thoroughly researched and well–presented book, which fills an important gap through its comprehensive analysis of peacekeeping and the clear link the authors establish between peacekeeping and wider trends in global politics."

Bastian Giegerich, Mediterranean Politics

"A valuable book. The authors have made an especially useful contribution in making understandable the extent and complexity of UN peacekeeping operations of all types in today′s global environment and in explaining just why these operations have sometimes succeeded and almost as often failed."

James S. Sutterlin, Political Science Quarterly


"One of the strengths of the book lies in its awareness that the conceptualization of peacekeeping, while important, will always run up against the messiness of actual experience ... a well–written, thoroughly prepared and convincingly argued book."


Norrie MacQueen, African Affairs



‘Students of Peacekeeping will welcome this book for its full and systematic coverage, combining detailed assessments of particular missions with a keen sense of the changing international context in which these took place’


Sir Lawrence Freeman, Professor of War Studies and Vice–Principal (Research), Kings College London


‘Understanding Peacekeeping provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the origins and evolution of international peacekeeping, drawing on a wide range of contemporary examples. It will be an excellent resource, either as a reference book or for use in graduate level college courses.’

Professor David.F.Davis, Director, Peace Operations Policy Program, George Mason University

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Understanding Peacekeeping provides a comprehensive and up to date introduction to the theory, practice and politics of contemporary peacekeeping. It evaluates the changing characteristics of the contemporary environment in which peacekeepers operate, what role peacekeeping plays in wider processes of global politics, the growing impact of non–state actors, and the major challenges facing peacekeepers in the future.


Drawing on a wide range of historical and contemporary case studies, including: Afghanistan; Cambodia, Cyprus; the Democratic Republic of Congo; East Timor; El Salvador; Haiti, Liberia; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Somalia; and the former Yugoslavia, this book develops an original conceptual framework to chart the evolution of the role of peacekeeping in global politics, and highlights the unique characteristics of different types of peacekeeping operations. Part 1 examines concepts and issues related to peacekeeping in global politics. Part 2 charts the historical development of peacekeeping from 1945 to the present. In Part 3, separate chapters are devoted to different types of peacekeeping operations: traditional peacekeeping; managing transition; wider peacekeeping; peace enforcement; and peace support operations. Part 4 looks forward and examines developments in global politics that are presenting serious challenges to the concept and practice of peacekeeping, namely, globalization, the privatization of security, preventing violent conflict, and the establishment of protectorates.


Understanding Peacekeeping will be essential reading for students and scholars of peace and conflict studies, security studies, and international relations.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Peacekeeping in all it's facets! 20 Dec 2011
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"Understanding Peacekeeping" (2nd Ed.) by Bellamy and Williams is a must-have for any student of Peace, Conflict and Development! The book provides a holistic approach of conflict and where it fits into International politics.
Under the heading "Historical Development" the book provides a comprehensive account of the history of Peacekeeping and in the part "Types of Peace Operations" provides further insight into types of intervention and by whom!
The final part entitled "Contemporary Challenges" provides a useful insight into UN Charter Chapter 8 Regionalization as well as good insight into contemporary topics such as Protection of Civilians and Gender as well as Policing defined by it's Rule of Law aspect.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and will use it as a definitive reference publication in my work.

Ken Albret
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on peacekeeping 5 Jun 2011
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This book was the best thing I bought for the second year of my degree, a really comprehensive and detailed text book on peacekeeping. Clear,concise and beautifully written to appeal to all. The accompanying website is hugely useful too. Reccomended for anyone who wants to really understand peacekeeping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Peacekeeping text 24 Feb 2013
By amy
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This was a suggested reading for my International Peacekeeping course but I would highly recommend it for anybody studying this area. It is a very good introductory text which explains the basic concepts and events in an easy to understand manner that allows you to proceed to more in depth materials later.
It is quite a big text but well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Brick of Knowledge 13 Mar 2012
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Bellamy and Williams are extremely smart dudes, and very knowledgeable when it comes to Peace Operations. Virtually every subset of Peace Operations is covered in this book in some amount of detail, and the writing is clear and concise (you'll understand why I call it "Peace Operations" and not "Peace Keeping" when you're done with the book). Understanding Peacekeeping is informative and easy to understand, even for the informed layperson (which is what I am). I don't have a degree in politics or international relations -- I'm a computer science and math guy -- and yet I couldn't put this book down. Understanding Peacekeeping is a page-turner.

Pros:

Informative
Easy to understand
The paper feels really good
1 billion citations, so you can find more reading if you need to
Broad coverage of topics

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You'll impress your friends with all your worldly knowledge, which might make them jealous
The book is a brick. If you want to carry it everywhere (which I basically do), you'll need to start working out
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. 24 April 2014
By Alexandra Lantz - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book as a part of a course about UN's Peacekeeping and to that course, this book was perfect. The book gives a very good insight into all parts of peacekeeping operations and is not so difficult to read.
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