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        • The existence of a police component in UN peace operations is not a novelty. It goes back half a century ago and was first introduced in the Congo in the 1960’s. Embedding police components in UN missions became more extensive at the end of the 90’s.

          Over the years, with the change of the context of conflicts (from interstate to intrastate) peace support operations have evolved and are now very much shaped to reflect political and security developments on the ground.

          International policing efforts are an extremely important factor in establishing and maintaining international security today. Although military peace support operations and national military contributions are predominant, not all security problems can have a military solution. Regardless of the security context, police functions and mechanisms are extremely necessary for a successful peace support operation.

           

          This publication is a product of a research project “Building Civilian Capacities from the Western Balkans in Peace Support Operations”, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

        • Tags: police, peace missions, peace operations, international, global security
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