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《World Economics and Politics》 2018-05
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Rethinking Safety and Security Management in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

He Yin;China Peacekeeping Police Training Center, Chinese People's Armed Police Academy;  
The existing United Nations(UN) safety and security management system shows inadequate understanding about the safety and security risks in peacekeeping operations. It focuses on acts of violence against the UN and peacekeepers and insists on using overwhelming force and taking proactive and robust approach against the threats of violence. However,a comprehensive approach should be adopted to manage safety and security in peacekeeping operations because peacekeepers are also faced with various other risks and threats including accidents,illness and stress. Moreover,the safety and security management should go beyond technical and operational level because it is also affected by strategic and political factors. The significant increase of fatalities of peacekeepers in recent years is mainly due to the fact that the UN has established robust peacekeeping operations in places where there is no peace to keep. Peacekeeping is first and foremost a political operation rather than a military one. The UN lacks both political will and operational capabilities to fulfill the military tasks mandated to the ongoing robust peacekeeping operations. Robust peacemaking with heavy military tasks should be authorized by the UN Security Council to relevant regional and sub-regional organizations and multinational forces. The peacekeeper pension system should be reformed to allow all those that have sacrificed their lives or health for peace to receive more respect and care, including the introduction of safety and security insurance.
【Fund】: 国家社科基金重大项目“中国参与联合国维和行动战略选择研究”(项目编号:16ZDA094);国家社科基金军事学项目“联合国维和行动风险评估、应用及控制研究”(项目编号:15GJ003-297)
【CateGory Index】: D813.2
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