Boundaries of Peace Support Operations: The African Dimension

"Annika Hansen makes an attempt to define or delineate some universally applicable principles on when, where and how third-party intervention should take place. An attempt at circumscribing what should or should not be done under the rubric of ‘peace support operations'. Espen Barth Eide’s contribution, entitled Peace support in the Balkans: Lessons for Africa? consists of an appraisal of the decade-long crisis in the Balkans, which has confronted Europe with a seemingly ever-lasting series of challenges in the field of conflict prevention,peacekeeping, peace enforcement and post-conflict peace support. He highlights a series of lessons to be drawn from Europe’s many attempts to make peace in the Balkans, that should be of interest to peacekeeping practitioners. Michael Yermolaev’s article on Russia’s international peacekeeping and conflict management in the post-Soviet environment reveals that Africa is not unique as a region that seemingly confounds effective intervention by the UN in order to restore or maintain peace and security. Henry Anyidoho addresses the topic of Political control and guidance of peace support operations in Africa from the perspective of a UN commander."