The Challenges to UN Peacekeeping in Syria


Conference - Round Table: Major General Apurba Kumar BARDALAI, Friday November 25th 2016

ULB-IEE, 39 avenue F. D. Roosevelt, 1050 Bruxelles, Geremek Room (2:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Abstract: The presentation will first review the dynamics of the Syrian conflict, insisting on a variety of core features (complex politics, number of rebel outfits, involvement of external powers and power politics, contour of violence, human suffering and economic cost of war, etc.). It will then turn to the options available to restore normalcy, including the status quo, an intervention by a multinational force or a UN peacekeeping operation.

Building on his own experience in peacekeeping, the speaker will examine the feasibility of a UN peacekeeping operation in light of a series of factors. The first series of factors relates to the aim of a UN peacekeeping operation. The second one will reflect on the essential conditions necessary for the success of a peacekeeping operation and the challenges thereof. The third set will reflect on the structure of the would-be force, while the fourth will tackle the exit strategy. The last series of factors would rather touch to the evaluation of the success or failure of such a peacekeeping operation.