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Military Effectiveness and Economic Efficiency in Peacekeeping: Public Versus Private


  • Jared Lawyer


The main question addressed by this research is whether or not there is a measurable difference in the use of private or public peacekeepers. The article examines differences in military effectiveness and economic efficiency as evidenced from four major civil wars that occurred in the countries of Somalia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia from 1993 to 2003. Two different methods of conflict cessation are contrasted: Private Military Corporation forces (PMC) and United Nation Peacekeeping forces (UNPK). A further distinction is made between peacekeeping and peace enforcement, arguing that the UN, by using a neutral approach, may be more costly in the long run than a coercive approach that would enforce peace and allow social and economic development to begin. This analysis also shows that policy-makers need to think seriously about the ability of the UN either to enforce peace coercively through military engagement or to move to private enforcers.

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  • Jared Lawyer, 2005. "Military Effectiveness and Economic Efficiency in Peacekeeping: Public Versus Private," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(1), pages 99-106.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:33:y:2005:i:1:p:99-106
    DOI: 10.1080/13600810500099709

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