Dimensions of the conflict environment: implications for peace operation success

Diehl, Paul F. and Druckman, Daniel (2009) Dimensions of the conflict environment: implications for peace operation success. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 13 (1-2). pp. 6-44. ISSN 1875-4104

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The conflict environment is among the most important aspects, if not the most important, in determining peace operation success. Most notably, the conflict environment sets the parameters for the peace operation and determines many of the tasks that need to be performed. In this article, we identify and discuss the key features of the conflict environment from the perspective of policymakers and planners, with special attention paid to those elements that will most dramatically impact peace operations. We divide the set of environmental factors into three broad categories: characteristics of the conflict, local governance, and the local population. Within each of the categories, we discuss the key variables, general indicators, malleability of the conditions to actions by the peacekeepers, and the likely impact of the factors - separately and as interactive influences - on operational outcomes. Some challenges posed by assessment issues are entertained before concluding with a discussion of modeling considerations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Electronic version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 06:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment issues; conflict characteristics; conflict environment; local governance; local populations; peace operations
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1163/187541109X402972
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19034

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