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Peace Operations Seen From Below: UN Missions and Local People

Béatrice Pouligny
Peace Operations Seen From Below: UN Missions and Local People
ISBN: 978-1-56549-224-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-544-4
2006/295 pages/LC: 2006005799
A Kumarian Press Book
"Fills a gap in the current literature on UN peacekeeping.... Well written, well researched.... A new way of thinking in regards to peace operations."—Eirin Mobekk, University of Bradford


Béatrice Pouligny argues that much of what is being rebuilt in societies emerging from war —or in some cases what is continuing to be destroyed—often lies in the ordinary daily lives of both local populations and the staff of UN peacekeeping missions.

Pouligny's close analysis of UN interventions—in Cambodia, Somalia, Mozambique, El Salvador, Bosnia, Haiti, Sierra Leone—is based on first hand observation of how local people intermingle with UN soldiers and civilians. She sheds light on a neglected but crucial dimension of international peace enforcement by sharing the experiences of "ordinary" people.


  • Introduction: The United Nations Between War and Peace.
  • The Various Faces of Local Populations.
  • Peacekeepers and Local Societies: The Encounter and its Effects.
  • 'Intervention' and 'Sovereignty': The View from Below.
  • Strategies of Local Actors.
  • Forgotten Promises: How the UN Pretends to Achieve Peace
  • Conclusion.