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Growing demand for peacekeeping

By Richard Halloran

For the US, training for peacekeeping can be divided into two phases. From 2005 through 2009, it did much of the training, both of US and foreign soldiers. In that period, 87,000 soldiers were trained, 77,000 of which were African.

From 2010 through to 2014, under the US State Department’s Global Peace Operations Initiative, the US has been supporting other nations that are engaged in preparing for peacekeeping missions. In this case, Americans have been assisting the Nepalese.

As of the beginning of the year, 14 UN peacekeeping operations were under way, mostly in Africa the UN said. Others were posted in India, Pakistan, Lebanon and Kosovo.

About 78,000 soldiers, 16,800 civilians, 12,500 police officers and 1,800 military observers have been deployed in hopes of keeping the peace.

Richard Halloran is a commentator in Hawaii.

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