Beyond Heavy Peacekeeping: Alternative Mission Models for Building the Rule of Law

In the last decade, there have been two trends in mission mandates.  The first and most obvious is the United Nations Security Council authorization of peacekeeping missions with significant military components and complex, multidimensional mandates.  Yet, due to global strains on personnel, equipment, financial resources, and to competing international priorities, these missions – typically in the most challenging environments – have suffered from under-deployment and insufficient political attention.  The second more obscure trend is that of the proliferation of a range of missions supporting peace processes with a much lighter footprint.  With the limitations on resourcing peacekeeping deployments, particularly budgetary pressure, unlikely to subside in the coming years, there is a need to assess whether bigger is always better or if there are opportunities for providing support through alternative mission models. 

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