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NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN ADVISES CLOSER SCRUTINY OF “PEACEKEEPERS”

May 18, 2006

HARRISONBURG—This week’s column for the World Defense Review by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, uses the example of Côte d’Ivoire to discuss the need for closer scrutiny of international “peacekeeping” operations. While acknowledging the occasional success of such missions in post-conflict situations, Dr. Pham argues that their record amid ongoing conflicts is rather mixed and warns that, at least in Africa, “given the checkered record of the international ‘peacekeepers,’ America’s principles as well as her self-interests in an increasingly strategic part of the world demand that the United States think twice about expecting effective action out of whatever force the UN cobbles together on an ad hoc basis.”

Dr. Pham’s column, entitled “Strategic Interests,” appears every Thursday in the World Defense Review, a twice-weekly publication covering military and defense news and information.

This week’s column, “Keeping an Eye on the ‘Peacekeepers,’” can be accessed by clicking here.