Peacekeeping Operation: UNIFIL

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Peacekeeping Operation: UNIFIL
Introduction
Peacekeeping is a relatively new idea in international relations, one that involves using global observers (soldiers as well as other personnel) to assist a post-conflict area make a transition to a more normal state. Peacekeeping missions are distinct from political or peacebuilding missions. For example, consider the current U.N. mission in Afghhanistan (codename UNAMA). This mission is not in place to mediate a peace between opposing forces, but to build the peace under a single regime, that of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. On the other hand, the U.N. mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) fits the definition of a peacekeeping mission, because it is there to help ensure a stable climate between warring...
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