The idea for this book was triggered by the United Nations University's October 1999 UN Day Symposium on Peacekeeping, in which some of the book contributors participated. The positive response to the symposium encouraged us to invite our speakers, along with other selected contributors, to join in an examination of the lessons that should be learned from past peacekeeping practices for future peacekeeping operations. The contribution of our book to the ongoing debate on the nature, legality, and practicality of peacekeeping lies in the unique composition of the chapter contributors – half of them are academic “observers” of peacekeeping, while the other half are practitioners who have been intimately involved, in the field and at UN Headquarters, in the planning and execution of some of the most crucial peacekeeping operations of the past 10 years. We hope that the combined insights of these contributions will prove useful to scholars, practitioners, and students of UN peacekeeping.
We are indebted to Yoshie Sawada, our administrative assistant, and Chifumi Mizutani, the programme's secretary, for their tireless support in the many administrative aspects of this project.
The publication of this book benefited greatly from the support we received from UNU Press and its Head, Janet Boileau. We greatly appreciate the careful copyediting work by Cherry Ekins, and the very helpful comments provided by the anonymous peer reviewers of the draft manuscript. Finally, we are indebted to our families who have again endured the many hours we spent on this, our second, co-edited book project.