The Theory of Conflict Resolution and the Practice of Peacekeeping

  • Stephen Ryan

Abstract

If we accept conventional genealogies the practice of peacekeeping and the academic area of study known as peace and conflict research began about the same time in the mid-1950s. In this sense both are offspring of the Cold War. Peacekeeping was the brainchild of the Canadian politician Lester Pearson and an initially skeptical UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (Urquhart, 1987, p. 133). It was first used at the end of the Suez crisis in November 1956 when the United Nations Emergency Force was deployed between the Israeli and Egyptian armies in the Sinai Peninsula. Of course there were ‘peacekeeping’ forces established before this by the League (James, 1990) and by the UN (e.g. UNMOGIP and UNTSO), but UNEF was the ‘real debut’ of peacekeeping (Rikhye, 1984, p. 4).

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Cholera Lester Angola 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Ryan
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  1. 1.University of UlsterUK

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