NATO & EU Peacekeeping

Ministers WILL meet 2% defence spending target... by including peacekeeping cash too

Published June 22, 2015 by The Daily Mail
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Peacekeeping missions will be counted as defence spending for the first time to ensure the UK is ‘comfortably over’ the Nato expenditure target, it emerged yesterday.

Figures released by Nato reveal that Britain is in line to spend 2.1 per cent of national income on defence this year. The target is 2 per cent.

EU States Should Be Excluded From Ukraine Peacekeeping Force - Former Envoy

Published April 15, 2015 by Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — European Union (EU) members states should be excluded from a UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine because the EU became a party to the conflict after it imposed sanctions on Russia, former UN Ambassador and Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason told Sputnik.

France Starts Pulling Troops From Central African Republic

Published December 4, 2014 by Reuters
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France is withdrawing troops from Central African Republic as a United Nations peacekeeping force nears its full deployment, but it will keep a presence to support the U.N. with a rapid reaction force, officials and diplomats said.

Building EU-UN Coherence in Mission Planning & Mandate Design

Thierry Tardy
Richard Gowan
Date Published: 
November 13, 2014

Just over five years ago, relations between the EU and UN were strained due to the difficulties of planning and implementing coordinated missions in Chad and Kosovo. Today, relations are considerably more cordial, but there is still room to improve the two organizations’ joint planning procedures. This paper aims to assess what has been achieved in the field of planning coordination and what the remaining challenges are; it also makes some suggestions for further action.

EU Extends Military Operation In Central African Republic

Published November 7, 2014 by RTT News
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The European Council has extended the European Union military operation in the Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA) until March 15, 2015, It was announced Friday.

EU accused over its Kosovo mission: ‘Corruption has grown exponentially’

Published November 6, 2014 by The Guardian
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The European Union’s €1bn flagship foreign mission to combat organised crime and corruption in Kosovo repeatedly shunned or dropped investigations of cases implicating senior Kosovan politicians, according to a new study of the mission’s six-year existence.

EU to extend CAR peacekeeping mission by three months to mid-March

Published October 1, 2014 by Europe Online Magazine
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Brussels (dpa) - The European Union is set to extend its military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) by three months to mid-March, a spokesman for the bloc said Wednesday.

US Leading Peacekeeping Drill in Western Ukraine

Published September 15, 2014 by Voice of America
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The U.S. military is leading peacekeeping exercises in western Ukraine involving 15 nations, as President Barack Obama prepares to host Ukraine's leader for talks at the White House later this week.

U.S. warns Russia not to intervene in Ukraine under 'peacekeeping' pretext

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Saturday that "Russia should not intervene in Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext of 'peacekeeping,'" according to a senior State Department official.

Balkan female soldiers take greater role in peacekeeping missions

Published May 19, 2014 by Southeast Europe Times
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With increasing frequency, Balkan militaries are assigning female soldiers and support personnel to peacekeeping missions where they greatly contribute to the missions' success, officials said. The Macedonian military announced a woman will lead its peacekeeping contingent in the ALTEA mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

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