Why UN peacekeeping operations must not become counterterrorism missions7 September 2018
United Nations peacekeepers face many tough choices that come with operating in complex and dangerous environments. Recently, growing UN fatalities and injuries have led to increased pressure to embolden peacekeeping operations and political missions with stronger, more aggressive mandates. But recent decisions made by the permanent members of the UN Security Council – such as increasing support to a regional non-UN counter-terror force in Mali – risk bogging down blue helmets in unwinnable wars and destroying their claim to impartiality in the process. This short-term thinking could change UN peacekeeping as we know it.
Photo: Togolese peacekeepers from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) stationed in Menaka. (UN photo/Marco Dormino).