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Rethinking Force Generation: Filling the Capability Gaps in UN Peacekeeping

By Adam C. Smith and Arthur Boutellis

This is the 2nd report in the Providing for Peacekeeping series

This paper examines the UN force generation system, from planning through deployment. The authors identify key constraints to the current system in five areas: planning, communication, TCC/PCC selection, knowledge management, and performance/incentives. The paper recommends a set of technical proposals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UN force generation, as well as more fundamental reforms related to strategic planning and outreach, incentives, and mechanisms for greater accountability.

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