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For example, after five years of the war in Syria, the World Food Program was forced to drastically restrict its food voucher initiative in , leaving hundreds of thousands of refugees without a vital lifeline and driving many of them to flee their homes. This was one of the main drivers of the displacement crisis that affected Europe and the U. The same could be said not only about peacekeeping, but the entire UN system. As former George W. The U. We multiply the impact of U. Cutting funding also alienates our allies and reduces our influence at the UN, undercutting efforts to seek long-term reforms at the institution—a stated objective of both current Members of Congress and the incoming Administration.

In June , for instance, the House of Representatives passed The United Nations Reform Act of which called for a switch to a voluntary funding model and automatically withholding dues from the UN unless certain reforms are met. Similarly, that same year, Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U. We know from experience that staying engaged is the best way to advance American interests. Full U. Search Resources. But conditioning funding would negatively impact UN activities and programs, dramatically reducing their scale and impact while undermining core American interests, including: UN Peacekeeping Operations: Each day, UN peacekeepers work to end violence and promote stability in the most conflict-affected regions by demobilizing combatants, facilitating humanitarian aid, protecting civilians under threat of violence, and creating conditions for political reconciliation and free and fair elections.

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Thus far, at least four U. More deaths are sure to follow. A strong case can be made that Serbia is guilty of aggression against both Croatia and Bosnia, and that some Serbian leaders axe guilty of crimes against humanity for pursuing ethnic cleansing of Serbian-occupied areas. Then axe growing demands for the Em pean Community, the U. S and particularly the U. Many seeYugoslavia as an opportunity to transfer to the U.

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Since the overthrow of Somalian leader Siad Barre in January , Somalia has been plunged into anarchy. Rival clans wage war against one another and armed gangs ran domly tede and kill civilians. The food delivery system has collapsed, leaving as much as a third of Somalias 6.

To relieve the suffering, the In ternational Committee of the Red Cross began relief effarts in early Then, on August 12, along with other Somalian war lords, Aidid signed an agreement allowing U. Mm recently, however, he has refused to allow the U. Marines off the Somalian coast. Senate introduced a resolution on August 4,, callin for the U. However, a series of peace agreements concluded with U. This sentiment largely is based on the success of U.

The Lessons of U. It is important to understand the real lessons of these U. They are 4 Senate Con. When the Cold War ended, the opposing sides real ized that economic and military aid from the superpowers would decline. They decided to take the advice of their patrons and negotiate settlements. For example, it took the side of the Sandinistas in Nicaraguas civil war.

The International Court of Justice, a U. Nevertheless, the presidential candidate favored by the freedom fighters-Violeta Cham om-eventually defeated the Sandinistas in elections held largely because of the military economic, and political pressure put on the Sandinistas by the U. General Assembly also repeatedly took the side of the Arabs against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. In one egregious case, the U. General Assembly in passed a resolution condemning Zionism as racism. The molution was repealed only last year under pressure from the U. J When all parties to a conflict want the conflict to end, the U.

But the opposing sides deeply distrusted each other. They looked to the U. The two sides signed a ceasefm agnxment on January 15, that called for the U. Lessons of Peace-enforcement and U. Sometimes, as with the Congo crisis, peacekeeping can slide into peaceenforcement. Since the end of the Cold War, there have been a number of calls for the U. However, a look at past military operations conducted by the U. N shows mixed results 5 Nicaragua sued the United States in the International Court of Justice u get a ruling that by training, arming, equipping financing, and supplying the Nicaraguan rebels the U.

Military Operations Peace restored; U. N could be drawn into more conflicts where it will use armed force. In the past, the U. Today, however, many are urging the U. Before the U. The lessons am J The U. After the Korean Armistice, renewed communist aggression was deted by the pres ence of tens of thousands of U. In the fu ture, to keep peace between an aggressor nation and its victimized neighbors, the U. N might find it needs to keep in place a virtual army. J In volatile situations, circumstances can change and shatter the world consensus supporting a peacekeeping operation.

In the civil war in the Congo, the U. However, when the province of Katanga tried to secede in July the Soviets sided with the Congolese govemment and demanded that the U.

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The Soviets quickly grew so disenchanted with the U. Within two months of the arrival of U. Four opposing camps, each with its own armed forces, claimed control over all or part of the country. This caused a series of attacks by various Congol ese factions on the U. In the end, U. In , shortly after U. He has been dictator of Zaire the countrys name was changed in ever since and has been accused of cor 10 ruption and violently suppressing political dissent.

Today Zaire faces a political crisis that could lead again to civil war. Although this was not an official U. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar. While initially welcomed by many of Lebanons warring factions, the MNF eventually be came tenmist targets, culminating in the October 23,, truck bombing ofthe U.

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In addressing this question, it is important to undentand how merit U. Thm is a tendency to exaggerate the importance of the U. Sec retary General Boutros-Ghali, for example, released a plan entitled Agenda for Peace on June 17 that gives too much credit and responsibility to the U.

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The plan lacks specific details, but it con tains a series of proposed graduated U. The Secre tary General implies that threre are major, medium, and minor degrees of aggression? He does not provide specific examples, but Bourns-Ghali has stated that the U. Boutros-Ghali, however, believes that the U. N should be able to respond to a threat posed by military force of a lesser order. The meaning of this also is not clear, but perhaps it is similar to Serbian aggression in fanner Yugoslavia.

To combat this level of aggression, Boutros-Ghali mecommends that the Security Council should resolve the crisis using troops voluntarily provided by U.

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Sheehy, For Zaires Mobutu, the U. According to the U. Charter, they are hsponsible under the Security Council for any armed forces placed at the disposal of the Security Council. It is unlikely to be resmcted in the near futm because the permanent members have shown little desire to do so. Even if they wanted to activate the MSC, it would be difficult to reach an agreement in a common military doctrine, command structure, and other military considerations.

Nor is it likely that many countries will make their troops available to the Security Council anytime soon awry with peacekeeping, and the operation turns into peace-enforcement. This represents minor aggression. This could occur where U. To accomplish this task, the Secretary General would recruit troops the same way he recruits peacekeeping forces: member nations would volunteer them.

However these troops would be more heavily armed than peacekeeping farces. And, most important although they would be authorized by the Security Council, they would be under the com mand of the Secretary General.

Boutros-Ghalis plan in effect would provide the U. He has asked that 20 member states each, on 48 hours notice, provide the U. Money for this would be raised partly by imposing an international sales tax on weapons and international air travel. Senator Simons Plan. Another plan for expanding the U. Simons bill states that United Nations peacekeeping contributes to a United States national security interest and maintains that, the United States has a national security interest in fully funding its assessment for United Nations peacekeeping.

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