With the upsurge in conflicts in the post cold-war period, there has been a significant expansion of U.N.’s peacekeeping activities and peacekeeping has emerged as one of the most important aspects of U.N.’s activities. Inter-State conflicts in Africa, intra-State conflicts elsewhere (former Yugoslavia, Indonesia) and cases of so-called ‘failed States’ (Somalia) have led to calls for intervention by the international community and thus a role for the United Nations. At present, the UN has a total of 17 UN peacekeeping operations with around 88,000 troops, military observers and civilian police officers, contributed by 117 member states.
Recent trends in Peacekeeping
India’s policy on UN peacekeeping
While these core principles define India’s policy parameters, we are alive to the changes in the concepts and the realities. India’s participation in PKOs has to be based in the ultimate analysis, on an assessment of national interests in a given situation, while keeping in view the principles.
India’s Participation in U.N. Peacekeeping
Centre for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK)
The CUNPK hosted the UN DPKO’s Senior Mission Leader Course (SMLC) from 7-18 January, 2008. The Course was jointly conducted by the UN DPKO in cooperation with GoI. More than 50 participants including senior military, police and diplomatic officials from a number of countries, representatives of the United Nations and leading think tanks in the area of peacekeeping took part in this prestigious course which was held for the first time in Asia. The objective of the course was to enhance the leadership
Bilateral Dialogue on Peacekeeping