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The long and winding road... to success? Unit Peace Operation Effectiveness (UPOE) and the success of the NATO mission in Afghanistan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2013 (English)In: Defense and Security Analysis, ISSN 1475-1798, Vol. 29, no 2, 128-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Why does peacekeeping sometimes fail? How can effective peacekeepers increase thelikelihood of success of a mission? The two main flaws in the current evaluations of peaceoperations are that they mainly rely on already concluded missions and that they make useof indicators that do not reveal micro-level dynamics. This article introduces an analyticalframework relating the effectiveness of soldiers to their actual impact in their area ofoperation in a peace operation. The framework is called “unit peace operation effectiveness”(UPOE). Focusing on soldiers in peace operations, this article shows that: different unitsbehave differently; emphasize different aspects of the mandate; and are effective indifferent ways. Ultimately, this has an actual impact on the end-state of the mission. It relieson and adapts classic security studies works to theoretically enrich the peacekeepingliterature. The model is tested in an illustrative case study based on ethnographic work onFrench and Italian units in Afghanistan between 2008 and 2010.

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2013. Vol. 29, no 2, 128-140 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191411DOI: 10.1080/14751798.2013.787793OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191411DiVA: diva2:585616
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2013-06-18Bibliographically approved

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