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Case Study

Total: 100 pts
Please note the specifications at the end of each task. You will find an “I” which represents a task to be completed individually or “G” a task to be completed in your group. Although a task may be designated as group and only one copy need be submitted, you should maintain a copy for your notes.

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  1. Concept Overview: (I)…10 points

With United Nations Peacekeeping in the concept box, complete the overview sheet in your own words.

  1. Comprehension questions(G)….35 points

The questions have been divided according to the source. Please take note of where the information can be found.

  1. Mission identification & Map(I)….35 points

On a world map, identify the ongoing missions according to the table in the folder. Once you have completed your map, choose one of the missions and complete a mission analysis.

  1. Article analysis (I)….10 points

Each member of the group must select a different article. Read the article and complete the analysis sheet.

  1. Personal reflection (I): 10 points

Choose one of the following options. If you choose option A or B, your response should be either 1.5 or double spaced and approximately 250-300 words.

a) Respond to the quote:

Without peace and security for all nations, there can be no peace and security for any one of us”.

b) Share your thoughts for the future of peacekeeping.

c) Create a political cartoon which reflects your understanding of the complex nature of peacekeeping.

Comprehension questions

35 points

Read pages 354-357 of Viewpoints, as well as the links provided, and answer the following questions. Only one copy need be submitted per group. Please ensure that all members’ names are on the answer sheet.

CBC : 10 points

  1. Which Canadian is recognised for the creation of a United Nations Peacekeeping Forces? ____________________________________(1)

  2. When was the first mission deployed and where? (official force) ______________________________________________(1)

  3. Who was the commander of the first force and where was he from? ______________________________________________(1)

  4. What is the nature of present-day peacekeeping operations? (2)

  1. What are the common arguments against UN peacekeeping? (3)




The history of Canadian peacekeeping

Peter McCluskey | Last Updated October 30, 2003

CBC News

The seeds of peacekeeping can be found buried on the battlefields, in the trenches and in the graveyards of Europe and Asia. The men who fought and lived through two world wars never wanted to see another. They believed that by putting an end to regional conflicts they could reduce the potential of the world ever being consumed by war again. They would create a new international body to keep peace in the world and support social and economic progress.

(Courtesy UN)

The newly formed United Nations seemed the perfect place to put such lofty ideals into practice; an organization founded on the principle of discussing and mediating ideological and political differences.

The first United Nations peacekeeping mission was in 1948. Its objective was to supervise the cease-fire between Israel and her Arab neighbours after the War of Independence. Monitors were sent to supervise the truce.

But the first peacekeeping force wasn't established until 1956, a time filled with fears of another global conflict erupting. And once again the backdrop was the Middle East.

In the midst of summer, Egyptian President Gamal Abdal Nasser declared he was nationalizing the Suez Canal, cutting out the Anglo-French company that held controlling interest in the vital waterway that joins the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Nasser told a cheering crowd that the imperialists could "choke on their rage." From that point on, ships wishing to use the canal would pay a toll and that money would go toward financing the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile.

France and Britain were worried about Nasser's future plans to control such a strategically important waterway. They were also worried about what amounted to a direct challenge from Egypt to their trading interests. Secret plans were made for Israel to attack Egypt. France and Britain would send troops to protect the canal.

In October fighting erupted. On one side the Egyptians; on the other, Britain, France and Israel. Once again it looked as if the major military powers of the world would be drawn into battle. Would the Soviet Union come to Egypt's aid? Would the United States become involved in order to keep the Suez open? The world braced for another deadly meeting of the world's military powers.

(Courtesy UN)

But it was not to be. A former diplomat, relatively unknown on the world stage, now Canada's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, had a proposal. He argued that a force sponsored by the UN, made up of soldiers from non-combatant countries, could separate the warring armies and supervise the cease-fire.

The UN General Assembly accepted his proposal, as did the various belligerents. Canadian General E.M.L. Burns was named commander of the UN force and peacekeeping was born.

Although the "Suez Crisis" remains a vivid reminder of how seemingly regional issues can threaten to draw much larger nations into conflict, it is equally important to applaud the political and diplomatic courage shown by UN members who agreed on an untried and untested idea -- peacekeeping.

For his vision of a world where countries would enter a conflict in order to bring stability and peace, Lester Pearson would receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

(Courtesy UN)

Since then Canada has been at the forefront of peacekeeping operations around the world. Soldiers, police and civilians have all played prominent roles in separating armies and in the resolution of conflicts in Cyprus, the Middle East, Haiti, Bosnia, Cambodia, El Salvador and Angola to name a few. Currently Canadian peacekeepers are serving in 14 operations in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

But Canada's involvement in so many trouble spots has not come without a price. More than 100 Canadians have been killed while on peacekeeping duties around the world.

And operations in both Somalia and Rwanda led to a crisis of confidence in the Canadian military.

Canada's armed forces have undergone dramatic change over the years since Pearson proposed that first peacekeeping effort in the Middle East. Canadian soldiers now find themselves more likely to be disarming combatants than fighting battles.

(Courtesy UN)

The job they will most likely face now is protecting civilian populations, organizing elections and guarding humanitarian convoys. The military has also set up a Rapid Response Force to fly to the scene of natural disasters. Its first deployment came in 1998 when Hurricane Mitch ravaged Central America. Canadian soldiers and medical staff rushed to provide medical and humanitarian relief.

Arguments exist for the end to UN peacekeeping operations: too costly, too ineffective, a hindrance to the development of a stable, lasting peace negotiated by politicians and diplomats. But in the near future it seems unlikely the UN will abandon what has become its most highly respected international symbol. The blue helmets of the peacekeepers are likely to remain as a buffer between the world's warring factions.

DFAIT: 17 points

  1. Identify the year that witnessed the greatest number of missions to date: ________(1)

  1. How can traditional peacekeeping be defined? (3)

  1. Who are the new actors in the peacekeeping model? (4)

    1. c)

    2. d)

  1. What new skills are needed in peacekeeping? (9)

    1. f)

    2. g)

    3. h)

    4. i)

Peacekeeping Chart: 10 points

  1. Which country contributes the most: (2)

Money ______________________

Personnel ______________________

  1. Which country contributes the least: (2)

Money ______________________

Personnel ______________________

  1. How does Canada rank on the two charts in you folder? (2)

Money _____________

Personnel _____________

  1. What conclusions can be drawn from the findings? (4)

Canada and peace operations

Over the past 50 years, Canada's role in complex, integrated peace operations has evolved to meet new international challenges. Our steady activity in United Nations peace missions increasingly has expanded into regional or coalition missions mandated by the UN. Now, we support and participate in peace operations led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).

Canada's part in such peace operations helps bring security, stability and support to highly volatile situations, and helps to lay the ground for reconstruction and development. 'Peace operations' is a simple label for a huge range of connected military, diplomatic and humanitarian tasks, as diverse as reforming justice and security systems, disarming and demobilizing troops, reintegrating them into peaceful pursuits, and supporting humanitarian assistance.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) supports the Human Security Program. This program's policy development and advocacy work enhances international understanding of, and the ability to manage, integrated, multidisciplinary peace operations. For example, it has funded the Francophone Research Network on Peace Operations at the University of Montréal's Centre d'etudes et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM) (in French only) to support research and dialogue about peace operations world wide. The network is a global platform and archive for Francophone peace practitioners, teachers, researchers, students, and journalists.

Article Summary
Title of the article: ___________________________

Date the article was written: _____________________

Source of the article: _________________________

Author of the article: _________________________

Provide at least three concrete facts from the article:

What position is the author taking in the article? What is his/her thesis?

Can you think of any events which may have influenced the author?

Does the article reflect any bias?

Finally, what is your impression of the article? Justify your thoughts.

Mission Analysis

Name of Mission: _____________________________________

Acronym: ___________________________________________

Reason for Peacekeeping Mission:

Description of mandate (in point form):

Strength (number of troops): ______________________________

Contributing states:

Approved budget: _________________________________

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