Koreas Post-Conflict Peace Operations A Comparative Assessment of Korean Combat Battalions in East Timor and Lebanon
Barma, Naazneen H.
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This thesis investigates the appropriate role of Korean peacekeepers in post-conflict societies and the function of the troop-contributing government of Korea in leading successful peace operations. It examines scholarly discussions regarding peacekeeping success including conditions and criteria for successful peacekeeping and applies the factors regarding mandates to Korean peace operations in East Timor and Lebanon. The two country case studies view the results of Korean peace operations from a long-term perspective, applying relevant evaluation factors closely related to the nature of peacekeeping force activities, and avoiding evaluations based on reports from local media and Korean pro-governmental news networks. For successful peace operations, troop-contributing governments should clearly and narrowly order the scope of force activities regardless of the specific field of activity. Despite claims that use of force is needed in more violent contemporary situations, rigorous adherence to the rule of engagement by military contingents will likely create positive outcomes if the force employs friendship-building efforts along with security operations. However, for more fruitful efforts in peacekeeping operations, the military troops and their government should be more deliberate regarding capacity-building activities to most benefit sustainable development and local ownership.
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