Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 3 Number 2 (November 2015)

Table of Contents

Research Article

Civil Community-Peacekeeper Relations in UN Peacebuilding:The Case of South Asian Peacekeepers

Kabilan Krishnasamy pp. 189-213
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Building peace to prevent the recurrence of conflict is an inevitable role of United Nations peacekeeping operations today. As this activity increasingly occurs in populated, low-intensity conflict areas, relations between peacekeepers and civil communities become significant. Peacebuilding cannot achieve any level of success unless it is directly relevant to the communal needs of the local people. Building an alliance for peace in civil communities is vital not only for strengthening civil community-peacekeeper relations but also for fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility in local minds. By examining the peacebuilding experience of South Asian states, this article shows that the complex, sensitive and volatile nature of today’s operational environments have necessitated employing soft aspects of military science as part of a community-centered approach to peacebuilding.
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