"a landmark publication that provides in a single resource an authoritative assessment of UN peacekeeping from its inception..." "The handbook is edited by a remarkable collection of highly regarded scholars and analysts in the field, it is clearly and capably written and presented, and it offers to be a timeless, historical resource for this formative period in the broader evolution of international peace and security.." (TIMOTHY SISK)
Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (co-edited with Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy and Paul D. Williams), Oxford University Press
Hard Copy Version: 2015
Paperback Version: 2017 (30 GBP)
"The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations provides an innovative, authoritative, and accessible examination and critique of all 67 United Nations peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013. l Since the late 1940s, but particularly since the end of the cold war, peacekeeping has been the most visible and one of the most important activities of the United Nations and a significant part of global security governance and conflict management. The volume offers a chapter-by-chapter chronological analysis, designed to provide a comprehensive overview that highlights the evolution, changing nature and overall impact of UN peacekeeping. It also includes a collection of thematic chapters that examine key issues such as major trends of peace operations, the link between peacekeeping, humanitarian interventions and the responsibility to protect, peacekeeping and international law, the UN's inter-organizational partnerships and how to evaluate success or failure. l This handbook brings together leading scholars and senior practitioners in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of the successes, failures and lessons learned of UN peacekeeping since 1948. This is a unique reference book for scholars and practitioners working in the field of international relations, international security, peacekeeping and global governance."
External Book Reviews
Our handbook has so far been reviewed in International Peacekeeping (by Timothy Sisk, 2017), in Political Studies Review (by Patrick Mello, 2016), in Vereinte Nationen (by Manuela Scheuermann, 2016 - in German) as well as on the LSE Review of Books (by Gary Wilson), PassBlue (by Helmut Volger) and H-Soz Kult (by Ulf Engler).
Below you can find some excerpts from the reviews...
"The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations is a landmark publication that provides in a single resource an authoritative assessment of UN peacekeeping from its inception during the immediate post-World War II period (and especially the 1956 Suez Crisis) through the complex, integrated, hybrid, and often deeply perilous missions of today (particularly in Africa, such as those in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and South Sudan). The handbook is edited by a remarkable collection of highly regarded scholars and analysts in the field, it is clearly and capably written and presented, and it offers to be a timeless, historical resource for this formative period in the broader evolution of international peace and security. As a handbook, it’ s not designed to be read in its entirety; rather, this impressive volume provides a complete and definitive reference guide to both the historical evolution of UN peacekeeping during this initial 65 years of peacekeeping with detailed, evaluative analysis by learned scholars and, in some instances, intellectually inclined policy practitioners, of each of the 67 operations during the period covered by the handbook (1948– 2013). The handbook’ s value is found particularly in the clear and succinct chapters that draw upon a mix of scholarly and primary document sources together with expert evaluation of the mission’ s aims, approaches, limits, and effects on achieving its mandate [...] Overall, The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations will stand the test of time as a critical, comprehensive, and reliable testament on the first 65 years of perilous peacekeeping. Such a comprehensive compendium is important because over time it contributes to a broader solidification of lessons learned’ from the historical experience, and the handbook itself will influence over time how these operations are seen and remembered into the future".
- Timothy Sisk, 'Peacekeeping in Peril - The first 65 Years; Review of the Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations, in: International Peacekeeping, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2017. Full Review available here.
"In The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, editors Joachim A. Koops, Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy and Paul D. Williams offer a major reference work that provides factual details and evaluations of each UN peacekeeping operation deployed up to 2013. Comprised of seventy-two chapters and over nine hundred pages in length, this is an invaluable study for scholars interested in the history and outcomes of peacekeeping...[...]...This volume will be a much welcome addition to any library on the United Nations or related subjects. It will be of enormous use to scholars engaged in the study of peacekeeping, whether their perspectives are grounded in the disciplines of international law, international relations or defence studies, amongst others. It is eminently accessible while not neglecting to afford attention to some of the more difficult issues to have arisen in the context of UN peacekeeping. It serves two key objectives for the interested scholar in simultaneously providing critical analysis of some of the major themes and controversies inherent in UN peacekeeping practices, while also constituting a major source of reference for factual details of every operation to have been deployed over a period of 65 years. No reputable library should be without a copy"
- Gary Wilson, LSE Review of Books, full review available here.
"The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations edited by Koops, MacQueen, Tardy and Williams presents the first comprehensive account of peacekeeping missions from 1948 to 2013. Hence, it fills an important gap left by existing reference works, which tend to focus on the UN at large or the Security Council in particular [...] Part I of the book comprises five chapters on ‘concepts and perspectives’ that provide details on trends in peace operations, developments in international law, the dynamics of interorganisational relations, conceptions of humanitarian intervention, and the evaluation of peace operations. These chapters cover extensive ground and provide an up-to-date perspective on peacekeeping and international security. They also succeed in dispelling the conceptual confusion that prevails in some corners of the literature on peace missions. Part II is essentially a history of ‘blue helmet’ operations since the inception of the UN. This part comprises 67 chapters that cover all missions authorised and led by the UN in chronological order, starting with the military observer mission United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) that was created in 1948 to observe the truce between Israel and its Arab neighbours and ending with the stabilisation mission United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) that deployed to Mali in 2013. Each chapter provides background on the origins of the respective mission, information on the mandate and key facts, a concise account on the course of the operation, and an evaluation of its successes
and failures. The empirical chapters are divided along four historical periods, each of which is preceded by a contextualising introduction from the editors. The book brings together an impressive group of academics and practitioners including leading scholars, senior diplomats and military officers with first-hand experience in UN peace operations..."
- Patrick A. Mello, Political Studies Review, Vol 15, Issue 1, 2017.
"The most surprising achievement of the book is that readers can put together the important facts concerning a particular peacekeeping operation and form their own opinions as to a mission’s viability. This is undoubtedly because of the consistent structure of the book, the matter-of-fact language of the authors, the detailed descriptions and the close reference to UN documents. In their introduction, the editors state: '[A]nyone interested in the international politics of conflict resolution and the dynamics of international peace and security more generally needs to understand the politics, practice, and impact of UN peacekeeping.' With this handbook, the editors and writers have made an important contribution to promote such an understanding among the UN member states."
- Helmut Volger, PassBlue, full review is available here.
"All in all this is a unique, well-written and comprehensive reference book for scholars and practitioners alike."
- Ulf Engel - review in H-Soz Kult, full review available here.
Read here an interview with the Editors Joachim Koops and Paul D. Williams in CIC's Global Peace Operations Review
Complete Table of Contents
Introduction: The United Nations and Peacekeeping, Joachim A. Koops, Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy, and Paul D. Williams
PART I: Concepts and Perspectives
1: Trends in Peace Operations, 1947-2013, Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams
2: Peacekeeping and International Law, Nigel D. White
3: The United Nations' Inter-Organizational Relations in Peacekeeping, Joachim A. Koops and Thierry Tardy
4: Peace Operations and Humanitarian Interventions, Thomas G. Weiss
5: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Peace Operations: Addressing the Challenges, Paul F. Diehl and Daniel Druckman
PART II: UN Peacekeeping Operations - 1948-2013
Section 1: Early Experiences - 1948-1963
Introduction: Early Experiences: 1948-1963, Joachim A. Koops, Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy, and Paul D. Williams
6: The United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Andrew Gregory Theobald
7: United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), Christy Shucksmith and Nigel D. White
8: First United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I), Paul F. Diehl
9: United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL), Ana Mesquita and Nigel D. White
10: United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC), Jane Boulden
11: United Nations Security Force in West New Guinea (UNSF), Norrie MacQueen
12: United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM), Norrie MacQueen
Section 2: Cold War Peacekeeping - 1964-1987
Introduction: Cold War Peacekeeping: 1964-1987, Joachim A. Koops, Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy, and Paul D. Williams
13: United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Jan Asmussen
14: Mission of the Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic (DOMREP), Bernardo Rodrigues dos Santos
15: United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM), P.K. Singh
16: Second United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF II), Paul F. Diehl
17: United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Peter Rudloff and Paul F. Diehl
18: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL I), Alexandra Novosseloff
Section 3: Post-Cold War Peacekeeping - 1988-1998
Introduction Post-Cold War Peacekeeping: 1988-1998, Joachim A. Koops, Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy, and Paul D. Williams
19: United Nations Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP), Adam Baczko and Gilles Dorronsoro
20: United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG), Sahahedul Anam Khan
21: United Nations Angola Verification Mission I (UNAVEM I), Caroline Guyot and Alex Vines
22: United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG - Namibia), Lise Howard
23: United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA), Joachim A. Koops
24: United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM), Jan Bury
25: United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Anna Theofilopoulou
26: United Nations Angola Verification Mission II and III (UNAVEM II and III), Caroline Guyot and Alex Vines
27: United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL), Lise Howard
28: United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC), Benny Widyono
29: United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR - Croatia), Thierry Tardy
30: United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR - Bosnia-Herzegovina), Thierry Tardy
31: United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), Benny Widyono
32: United Nations Operation in Somalia I (UNOSOM I), Paul D. Williams
33: United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ), Mats Berdal
34: United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), Paul D. Williams
35: United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), Bruno Coppieters
36: United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL), Kathleen Jennings
37: United Nations Observer Mission Uganda-Rwanda (UNOMUR) and United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda I (UNAMIR I), Linda Melvern
38: United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda II (UNAMIR II), Linda Melvern
39: United Nations Aouzou Strip Observer Group (UNASOG), Hubertus Jürgenliemk and Joachim A. Koops
40: United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT), Joachim A. Koops
41: United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP - Macedonia), Thierry Tardy
42: United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), Thierry Tardy
43: United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) and UN Civilian Police Support Group in Croatia (UNPSG), Richard Gowan
44: United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP), Richard Gowan
45: United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH), António Ramalho and Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto
46: United Nations Support Mission in Haiti (UNSMIH), Maira Siman and Vahan Galoumian
47: United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA), Amy Ross
48: United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA), Caroline Guyot and Alex Vines
49: United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti (UNTMIH), Blanca Antonini
50: United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (MIPONUH), Blanca Antonini
51: United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA), Romain Esmenjaud
52: United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL), 'Funmi Olonisakin
Section 4: Peacekeeping in the Twenty-First Century - 1999-2013
Introduction: Peacekeeping in the Twenty-First Century: 1999-2013, Joachim A. Koops, Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy, and Paul D. Williams
53: United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Richard Caplan
54: United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), 'Funmi Olonisakin
55: United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), Norrie MacQueen
56: United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), Alan Doss
57: United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Patrick Cammaert and Andreas Sugar
58: United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), Norrie MacQueen
59: United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Kathleen Jennings
60: United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), Alexandra Novosseloff
61: United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Nicolas Lemay-Hébert
62: United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB), Arthur Boutellis
63: United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), Wibke Hansen
64: United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Norrie MacQueen
65: Expanded United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL II), Alexandra Novosseloff
66: African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), David Lanz
67: United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad I and II (MINURCAT I and II), John Karlsrud
68: United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Alan Doss
69: United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Holger Osterrieder, Johannes Lehne, and Vladimir Kmec
70: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Diana Felix da Costa and Cedric de Coning
71: United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), Richard Gowan and Tristan Dreisbach
72: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Walter Lotze
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