[t]he need to distinguish clearly between peacekeeping and peace enforcement, each requiring different approaches and capabilities, and the need to determine the appropriate circumstances when one or the other is justified, is essential. The book is an appropriate first stem towards both understanding that distinction and designing policies to meet the requirements for both that stipulate the role to be played by outside parties. It is, therefore, an excellent contribution to the literature of international organization and conflict management and of use to scholarly and policy communities.
For students of international relations who may be asking questions about why the international system seems so dysfunctional, notwithstanding efforts by intergovernmental organization to maintain peace and security, this book presents contentious answers.[P]resents a useful reminder of the distinctions between peacekeeping and other forms of military operation.
[c]learly written, well researched, infused with commitment, bristling with trenchant characterizations, and offering reasonable solutions to pressing problems, the book will undoubtedly provide plenty of material to offend nearly everybody. In summary, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s is indispensable to policy makers, well wishers and skeptics of the United Nations, and students of conflict resolution and international relations in general. pressing problems
...delightfully blunt...Feitz offers some highly practical advice: Continue to use U.N. peacekeepers, but only along the lines of the traditional, limited model that used to work so well. Combine a return to that more modest approach with the adoption by Washington of a realistic foreign policy in which bienpensant internationalism is discarded, American interests are put first, and the isolationist temptation is avoided, and the results could be impressive. It won't be easy, but and intelligent foreign policy never is.
This splendid analysis of peacekeeping in the `90s illuminates the problems encountered by the United States in its effort to utilize the new tool called `peacekeeping' to achieve traditional military goals....Fred Fleitz has a unique understanding of what can and cannot be done through peacekeeping. He understands its potential and the obstacles to its effectiveness. The United States and the United Nations have much to learn from Fleitz's careful, useful, clearly written study.
An indispensable contribution to the literature of conflict resolution and of UN studies. It provides, simultaneously, the record of UN peacekeeping--authoritative in every detail--and an informed critique of its successes, failures, and preconditions. A research necessity for all future UN students--and as pertinent as today's headlines.
Mr. Fleitz is possessed of impeccable credentials, having spent the past fifteen years successively as U.S. government analyst on UN peacekeeping, member of the CIA Balkan Task Force, and military analyst for Kosovo. The author contrasts traditional peacekeeping with what in fact has happened under United Nations' mismanagement and never revealed by the Clinton administration. The assessment by Mr. Fleitz is methodical and hard-hitting....The study by Mr. Fleitz provides much of the data which were withheld from the General Accounting Office. Thus, he has done a great service for the U.S. Congress as well as the `attentive public,' members of which will be shocked by what they read.
Fred Fleitz has hit the nail on the head. For anyone interested in learning the dirty details of United Nations peacekeeping operations, this is a must read. I congratulate Fred on an excellent project, and highly recommend this book to my friends and colleagues in the House of Representatives.