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Policing the New World Disorder: Peace Operations and Public Security

NCJ Number
Robert B. Oakley, Michael J. Dziedzic, Eliot M. Goldberg
Date Published
586 pages
Case studies of Panama, Cambodia, El Salvador, Mozambique, Somalia, Haiti, and Bosnia examine how the rebuilding of viable law enforcement capabilities is central to the success of international peacekeeping operations in countries torn by conflict and violence.
The Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University assembled a core group of experienced civilian and military experts to prepare a series of case studies for discussion. The case studies then formed the basis for a 1997 conference attended by over 100 international specialists. This book is one product of this conference. For each of the seven countries featured in the case studies, the background that occasioned international peacekeeping intervention is presented, followed by an identification of issues that warranted a focus on the rebuilding of a public security institution. Efforts in this area are documented for each of the seven countries. In addition to each of the case studies, two chapters describe the origins and functioning of the U.S. Justice Department's International Criminal investigative Training Assistance Program and the U.N. Civilian Police. The former is the largest bilateral government program of assistance to law enforcement, and the latter is a United Nations program; both are featured in the case studies. To place the analysis in historical perspective, a chapter introduces the entire work with an overview of pre-1989 attempts to maintain domestic order during external interventions. A lawyer with the Australian Army contributes a paper on the topic of "legitimacy" and the public security function. Also included in the book are an independent assessment of U.N. civilian police operations recently completed by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and a study done by the official Swedish Commission on International Police Activities. The concluding chapter presents conference recommendations that stemmed from an analysis of problems typically encountered during post-1989 peacekeeping operations. Appended supplementary remarks and the case-study framework