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Jakarta Post

UN peacekeeping: Use the opportunities

  • Febrian A. Ruddyard

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 20 2018   /  01:51 am

In light of Indonesia’s current bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the fourth time, there has been a renewed focus on Indonesia’s track record and contribution to the promotion of international peace and security. One important aspect thereof is Indonesia’s participation in UN peacekeeping.

Indonesia has a long history when it comes to peacekeeping. Since its first-ever deployment in 1957 to the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Middle East, Indonesia has dispatched more than 40,000 personnel (both military and police) to various UN missions around the globe.

Sixty years after Indonesia’s initial deployment, UN peacekeeping has gone through a major shift. UN peacekeepers are exposed to increasingly complex tasks and increasingly hostile environments and UN peacekeeping as the flagship of the UN enterprise faces several c...