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Subject: peacekeeping missions in Africa
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: chughs-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 29 Apr 2006 20:41 PDT
Expires: 08 May 2006 18:47 PDT
Question ID: 724039
I am trying to compare UN peacekeeping missions. 
I was looking at Angola and Mozambique as they are in similar areas
and were both portugese colonies. But cannot isolate the points for
why mozambique was a success and why Angola is still in despair.
What are some key factors I am overlooking 
This came about in a discussion with a peer after we read an article
on the number of african peacekeeping missions.

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 30 Apr 2006 13:01 PDT
Why Peacekeeping Fails  by Dennis C. Jett 
Chapter 4-6
The author outlines why UN peace operations can fail using the
Mozambique and Angola cases.
This book was originally a dissertation.

Here's a  review of this book.

Does this help?


Clarification of Question by chughs-ga on 01 May 2006 01:00 PDT
I have read that book. It is helpful but doesnt really isolate what I
am looking for.
 A lot of my research has revealed that historic differences and the
difference in conflict was the reason for failure.
what I am really looking for is 
1. what should I be focusing on to analyze peacekeeping missions. like
say maybe 8-10 factors.
2. how are these factors in each case different and why they worked
for one and why they dint for the other

I am trying to make it more structured so that future missions can also be compared.

Clarification of Question by chughs-ga on 01 May 2006 01:02 PDT
I am ready to increase my compensation for this question, if this
question requires more research

Request for Question Clarification by leapinglizard-ga on 06 May 2006 19:26 PDT
It might be wise to increase the question price. Identifying eight to
ten distinguishing factors, with supporting documentation for each,
would take a considerable amount of web research.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 06 May 2006 19:45 PDT

You seem to already be widely read on this subject, so it's hard for
researchers to know what might provide any new information or

Here's a possibilility, though:

looking at the role of light-weapons disarmament as an important
factor in the success (or not) of peacekeeping.

Does this help at all?

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: peacekeeping missions in Africa
From: frde-ga on 30 Apr 2006 06:59 PDT
Angola was a battlefield, Cuba, the USA and South Africa were all involved.

In a place that has been seriously 'war torn' old memories and old skills linger. 
If 32 Battalion is alive and kicking, then their counterparts will be as well.
is a nicely simplified map

Angola shares a large border with The Congo
- not entirely desireable

Mozambique is surrounded by old British territories, it is possible
that they tended to be a bit stabler - mainly because of continuity of

It might also be down to lack of mineral resources in Mozambique.

Personally I reckon it is down to porous borders and lousy neighbours
- lack of continuous administration in the neighbours
- IIRC Namibia was German SW Africa
- The Congo was twice unbalanced - as was Belgium
Subject: Re: peacekeeping missions in Africa
From: politicalguru-ga on 30 Apr 2006 13:14 PDT
"It might also be down to lack of mineral resources in Mozambique." 

I agree and I think that this is the key. Much of the fighting in
Angola was on territories rich with all sorts of minerals.
Subject: Re: peacekeeping missions in Africa
From: chughs-ga on 30 Apr 2006 22:07 PDT
I did skim through that book. 
It was quite interesting. its an easy read and that is where I got my
question from.

I was looking for information outside of this book. 
Something more narrow and concise.

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