US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

US Weighs More Security, Withdrawal Option for Sinai Forces

Published August 18, 2015 by Associated Press
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The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press.

Conference concludes on UN peacekeeping role

Published August 1, 2015 by Viet Nam News
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HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam's first international workshop on building a UN peacekeeping force wrapped up yesterday in Ha Noi after five intensive working days.

US willing to support Vietnam’s peacekeeping activities: ambassador

Published July 27, 2015 by Tuoi Tre News
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The U.S. will support Vietnam’s commitments to protecting peace in the region and in the world, Ambassador Ted Osius has said. Ambassador Osius made the statement on Monday while attending a five-day international workshop that kicked off in Hanoi the same day, focusing on the deployment of UN peacekeeping operations.

Blog: Global Peace Operations Initiative Promotes International Peacekeeping

Published July 21, 2015 by DipNote
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As U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power recently said, “Today’s UN peacekeeping is not your mother’s peacekeeping.

UN troops help 'neutralise' DRC militia

Published June 25, 2015 by News24
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Kinshasa - The United Nations said on Wednesday that around a quarter of Congolese militia group the Patriotic Revolutionary Forces of Ituri (FRPI) had been "neutralised" after a three-week military operation.

Blog: New caucus puts spotlight on UN peacekeeping

Published June 24, 2015 by The Hill
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As the United Nations commemorates the 70th anniversary of its founding this week, it can claim a major accomplishment in the 69 peacekeeping operations that it has led around the world since 1948. Soon, the U.N.'s "blue helmets" will be receiving a renewed spotlight on Capitol Hill through a Congressional Peacekeeping Caucus recently formed by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a veteran of the Afghanistan War, and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

U.S. suspends Burundi peacekeeping training over protests

Published May 23, 2015 by Reuters
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The United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations.

Blog: Four questions – and answers – about U.S. support of peacekeeping in Africa

Published May 15, 2015 by The Washington Post
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According to a section of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, if the recent attempted coup in Burundi had succeeded, the U.S. government would have been required to suspend its military assistance to the country. This would have jeopardized Washington’s policy of supporting the fight against al-Shabab in Somalia, where Burundi is a major troop contributor, and raised questions about its continued use of autocratic regimes as peacekeeping partners.

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