PEACEKEEPING IN OUR TIME: PAST THE AGE OF CONSENT?

By Jamie Arbuckle, for Peacehawks

Introduction

Have you heard the one about how many Peacekeepers it takes to change a light bulb?

Actually, any number will do Ė but the light bulb has to want to change.

To know where we are going, we need to know where we are, and to know that, we usually need to know where we have been.† To look ahead, then, we often need to look back.

One of the most critical factors in modern peace operations has, since the creation of the United Nations, been the issue of consent to and the continuing support for an operation.† The† UN is hard-wired for consensual operations; itís in the DNA, in the Charter:

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