Monday, January 12, 2009

Does Force Composition Matter?

The preliminary findings of this policy brief therefore suggest that:

• Increased numbers of peacekeepers from fewer contributing countries
are more effective than fewer peacekeepers from a larger
number of contributing countries.

• The forces in these five cases that consisted of cross-regional
peacekeepers were more effective than those comprised of
peacekeepers from one region.

• The stability of a force seems to be a critical factor. The longer a
peacekeeping force is deployed, the more time it has to establish
itself as an actor in the conflict.

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