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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement

Patryk I Labuda

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 May 2019

Subject(s):
Peace keeping

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The term ‘peacekeeping’ refers to measures aimed at preventing a breach of the peace ( Peace, Threat to ) or maintaining and restoring peace ( Peace, Breach of ), which are carried out with the authorization of the United Nations or other international and regional organizations. Peacekeeping was traditionally viewed as a counterpoint to ‘enforcement action’, under Chapter VII of the UN Charter , which implies that threats to the peace are dealt with by force. However, in recent years, as the traditional distinction between peacekeeping and coercive enforcement...
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