|About the Book|
This is a AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH report procured by the Pentagon and made available for public release. It has been reproduced in the best form available to the Pentagon. It is not spiral-bound, but rather assembled with Velobinding in a soft, white linen cover. The Storming Media report number is A445153. The abstract provided by the Pentagon follows: The present dissertation examines what justifies Multinational Peace Operations from a political, economic and moral perspective. Its focus is at the international level and concentrates on those operations that are directed or sanctioned by the United Nations. Post-Cold War changes in the international system have created an environment more conducive to the employment of Multinational Peace Operations. The nature of such operations has expanded significantly to include tasks beyond observing an existing peace agreement. The nature of conflicts involving such operations has also changed, which can necessitate the use of coercive military force by Peace Forces to achieve the objectives of their mandates. The justification of such actions by the international community resides where national moral, political, and economic interests converge at the international level. Multinational Peace Operations, as a response by the international community to a conflict situation, can be morally justified on the basis of human values and rights established within the UN Charter and by numerous international treaties. Political and economic justifications can exist, but are more difficult to encounter, being dependent upon the nature of a given conflict and the pragmatic realities that exist at the domestic and international levels. Peace Operations that are coercive in nature are not suitable for direct UN leadership, but merit the organizations sanction to be legitimate in the eyes of the international community.