As security continues to dominate the global policy discussion, the question of how to stabilize fragile states has become a focal point of the international community — evident in the increasing number of international interventions and peacebuilding missions. Since the end of the Cold War, the United Nations (UN) Department of Peacekeeping has initiated 43 missions, 15 of which are ongoing. This fiscal year alone the UN plans to spend over $7 billion dollars on peacekeeping missions. Although this may not appear to be a huge amount in the world of foreign aid, it is larger than the gross domestic product (GDP) of each of the bottom 23 countries in the low-income category as determined by the World Bank.
KeywordsInternational Community United Nations Security Council Local Leadership Democratic Transition
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