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Title: A rapid reaction capability for the United Nations: past failures and future possibilities
Authors: Lieverse, Amanda D.
Supervisor: Fergusson, Jim (Political Studies)
Examining Committee: Buteux, Paul (Political Studies) Byrne, Sean (Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice)
Graduation Date: October 2006
Keywords: United Nations
Rapid reaction
Post-Cold War peacekeeping
Regional Organizations
Private Security Companies
American foreign policy
Issue Date: 22-Jun-2006
Abstract: The post-Cold War era saw the extraordinary expansion of UN activity in the maintenance of global peace and security. Such a rapid expansion led to organizational over-stretch and failure and many in the international community began searching for ways to improve UN peacekeeping by reducing deployment time. In the mid-1990s, the Dutch, Canadian and Danish governments released proposals for a UN rapid reaction capability. Unfortunately, of the three proposals only the Danish proposed Stand-by High Readiness Brigade (SHIRBRIG) was implemented. The lack of movement toward UN rapid reaction is due to a number of factors, namely the loss of post-Cold War idealism, a disconnection with the political reality of the time and cost concerns. More fundamentally, rapid reaction posed a threat to state primacy.
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
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