Peace Support 2012 - Info
Written by Leon Engelbrecht, Thursday, 05 May 2011
Peace support: A new dynamic
|Date: 8 - 9 May 2012
Venue: Gallagher Estate
"I would rather have a peacekeeping hypocrisy than straightforward, brazen vice, taking the form of unlimited war." Winston Spencer Churchill MP, 1937
In addition, the IISS noted well over half of 54 African countries â€“ 35 out of 54 â€“ contributed troops to peacekeeping on the continent and beyond.
This has not changed but the strategic and security situation has. The continent has seen a tsunami of change along its northern shore since late last year in which protesters in one country after another have confronted long-time rulers and authoritarian elites to demand a greater say. The waves of discontent crossed the Red Sea into the Arab Peninsula and the Sahara, with protests being recorded as far south as Swaziland. In Libya, push-and-shove has led to civil war, while in the Cote d'Ivoire intransigence in leaving office on the part of a ruler who lost an election led to a similar result. In both cases the United Nations Security Council acted, authorising over Libya a no-fly zone and on the ground aggressive measures to protect civilians. In the Cote d'Ivoire, French forces resident there and UN troops destroyed heavy weapons when it appeared there use against civilians were imminent.
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