Academic journal article McNair Papers

Foreword

Academic journal article McNair Papers

Foreword

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The period since the end of the Cold War has witnessed a dramatic growth in the number of multilateral military operations, most loosely linked with the generic term "peacekeeping." The overwhelming majority of these operations have taken place under the auspices of the United Nations. They are a reflection of the rebirth of tribal nationalism, spreading religious xenophobia, and the threatened impoverishment and disintegration of Third World nation-states that have slipped their colonial moorings since World War II. As a result, we are witnessing new challenges to the United States, to the regional organizations in which we share membership, and to the United Nations system.

The Institute for National Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, in collaboration with Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, has launched a major effort to examine these challenges. The study effort will concentrate on the changing nature of peace operations, their likely impact on the U.S. military, and ways to improve and enhance the capabilities of various organizations to successfully complete future peace operations. A series of six workshops have been planned for the coming year.

The initial workshop was convened at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., on September 10, 1993. …

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