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Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution in Contemporary Conflict

This document, presented at the Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE) Conference on Training and Preparation of Military and Civilian Peacekeepers, discusses the changing nature of peacekeeping in the post Cold War world, particularly within the context of changing ideas of humanitarian intervention. It asserts that in the current environment, where international conflicts do not respond well to traditional methods of inter-state management, peacekeeping provides the international community with the best means for the application of minimum standards of international humanitarian law and the alleviation of human suffering in violent suffering. The document states that the traditional concept of humanitarian intervention (forcible action by states across internal borders to protect human rights) is no longer adequate, and it offers a new concept of non-forcible humanitarian intervention, which combines the actions of military peacekeepers, official aid and assistance by governments, and the actions of NGOs in areas of conflict.
Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity
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