Exit and Peace Support Operations

William J. Durch

in Exit Strategies and State Building

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760114
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949991 | DOI:
Exit and Peace Support Operations

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This chapter is about exit strategies and complex peace support operations (PSOs). It sets up a typology of operations that emphasizes the degree of operational involvement in and authority over postconflict state-building. It examines alternatives to outright mission success as sources of mission exit and notes the common sources of such shortfalls. It examines the debate that continues about how much state-building is enough to ensure a reasonable chance of successful exit—a debate that arose when holding national elections was abandoned in the 1990s as sufficient reason for a complex operation to draw down and leave. That shift changed PSO exits from an event to a sometimes-extended process, whose successful implementation requires continuing, high-level political cover, over which the operation often has little control.

Keywords: exit strategy; peace consolidation; peacekeeping; postconflict; elections; transition

Chapter.  8179 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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