Michael Renner is a senior researcher and director of the Global Security Project at Worldwatch Institute, a globally focused environmental research organization.
United Nations peacekeeping is yet again at a crossroads: it may finally succeed in establishing itself as the preeminent force for conflict prevention and peace, or it could continue operating with a severe mismatch of mandates and resources.
While widespread ransacking was happening in Iraq after Baghdad fell, the U.S. moved swiftly to secure the country’s oil facilities.
The focus of the occupation regime is more on emergency repairs than on a major rehabilitation of Iraq’s dilapidated and war-destroyed public infrastructure.
Only in the most direct sense is the Bush administration’s Iraq policy directed against Saddam Hussein.
President Bush and his advisers should consider the relevance of Marshall’s strategy to the challenge of tackling the underlying conditions that give rise to political and religious extremism.
The Clinton administration came into office espousing support for UN peacekeeping. Characterizing his policy as assertive multilateralism, President Clinton appeared enthusiastic about the creation of a small UN quick-deployment force and seemed unwilling to commit U.S. forces to UN operations.