- Traces the historical development of peace operations from their origins in the early 20th century through the development of modern peacebuilding missions and multiple simultaneous peace operations.
- Tracks changes over time in the size, mission and organization of peace operations.
- Analyses different organizational, financial, and troop provisions for peace operations, as well as assessing alternatives.
- Lays out criteria for evaluating peace operations and details the conditions under which such operations are successful.
List of Figures and Tables vi
1 Introduction 1
2 The Historical Evolution and Record of Peace Operations 28
3 The Organization of Peace Operations 81
4 The Success and Failure of Peace Operations 141
5 Ten Challenges for Future Peace Operations 189
Appendix: Peace Operations 1948 2012 220
References and Suggested Readings 230
Alex Bellamy, Griffith University
"With what is more than an updated historical primer on peace operations, Diehl and Balas have done a masterful job of differentiating peacekeeping and peacebuilding, synthesizing the most recent quantitative findings on correlates of success and identifying the future challenges for policymakers. All is accomplished in a highly accessible book."
Karen A. Mingst, University of Kentucky
"This book by Paul Diehl and Alexandru Balas provides comprehensive and thought–provoking coverage of the contemporary practice of peace operations. Through a combination of academic insights and historical examples, the authors synthesise the evolution of peace operations and critically asses their record since the creation of the United Nations. Diehl and Balas have not chosen the easy path of simply providing a copy of the first edition of this book, published in 2008. Instead, the authors clearly take stock of the constantly morphing nature of peace operations. The synthesising capacity of this book makes it a strong resource for scholars to draw from and further build upon. Its combination of theory and practice will have the reader return to this book time and time again, making it a must–have for every scholar studying peace operations."
Political Studies Review