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The Politics of Peace-Maintenance

Jarat Chopra, editor
ISBN: 978-1-55587-756-9
ISBN: 978-1-55587-757-6
1998/148 pages/LC: 98-6172
"The Politics of Peace-Maintenance is a groundbreaking articulation of elements that have worked in the 1990s."—Parameters


The results of more than fifty years of peacekeeping operations—ranging from diplomatic efforts to so-called peace enforcement (the use of military force)—have made it clear that a new international political capability is required to adequately manage internal conflicts. That capability, peace- maintenance, is introduced and explored in this seminal work.

Varying in degree of engagement between governorship, control, partnership, and assistance, peace- maintenance is conceived as an interim authority that, in conjunction with local populations, represents the exercise of political authority within nations by the international community as a whole. The authors at once debate the legitimacy and effectiveness of peace-maintenance and clearly explain the dimensions and requirements of successful operations. Theoretical doctrine and practical experience are integrated in chapters on establishing political authority, organizing civil administration, reestablishing law and order, asserting humanitarianism, providing military security, and local acceptance of external authority. The result is both a review of past missions and a dialogue about the current and future politics of peace-maintenance.


Jarat Chopra is research associate and lecturer in international law at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. He is also director of the institute’s Project on Peace- Maintenance Operations.


  • Introducing Peace-Maintenance—J. Chopra.
  • Establishing Political Authority in Peace-Maintenance—A. Knight.
  • Organizing Civil Administration—S. Morphet.
  • Reestablishing Law and Order—M. Plunkett.
  • Asserting Humanitarianism—A. Donini.
  • Providing Military Security—R.P. Cousens.
  • Accepting External Authority—C. Adibe.
  • Critiquing Peace- Maintenance—D. Bratt.