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Title:Achieving stability in African conflicts: the role of contingent size and force integrity
Authors:Cocodia, JudeISNI
Paki, Fidelis
Periodical:African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ISSN 2156-7263)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:peacekeeping forces
peacekeeping operations
African Union
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/africonfpeacrevi.6.1.03
Abstract:Many conflict scholars argue for the salience of large peacekeeping contingents to the success of peacekeeping. The argument for a large force borders on the provision of effective deterrence and containment of spoilers if the need arises to enforce peace. While this paper recognizes the need for robust peace support operations in achieving stability in mission areas, it also extends its focus to the issue of force integrity, which argues for less diversity within contingents. Force integrity facilitates greater bonding among troops and heightens the determination to achieve mission objectives. Using the six peace support operations undertaken by the African Union, the article argues that force integrity enhances a contingent's ability to achieve mission goals. This article goes beyond the common argument that the mere provision of a large and well-equipped contingent is sufficient for maintaining stability. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]