Katsumi Ishizuka, “How can the UN deal with counter-terrorism operations? : the case of Mali” Panel 8

UN peacekeeping operations have been the traditional conflict resolutions with three basic principles of consent, impartiality and minimum force. However, the current climate of international security, including the proliferation of terrorist threats to Europe and Africa etc., would require the UN to expand the scope of the mandates of its peace and security operations. Therefore, the UN established the robust peacekeeping operation in Mali, Africa, nemaly the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA). MINUSMA has been deployed to Mali where people have been suffering from terrorist threats from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb etc. One of the features of UN “counter-terrorism” operations in MINUSMA is the deployment of European troops. They provide the special forces, the helicopter units, the unmanned aerial vehicles, the intelligence teams, and other high-skilled units. Such high military capabilities of European would be indispensable in counter-terrorism operations. Meanwhile, the path to peace in Mali is still a difficult one. Since the UN is a sole legitimate international organization, it needs more significant reform and renovation in peacekeeping operations and counter-terrorism operations.

Katsumi Ishizuka is professor in the Department of International Business Management at Kyoei University, Japan. He got an MA in International Relations in the Department of Politics at the University of Nottingham in England in 1996, and got a PhD in the Department of International Relations at Keele University in England in 2000. He was researcher in the Institute
of Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham in 2000. His research interest includes UN peacekeeping operations, peace-building, and global governance. He wrote several books on UN peacekeeping and peace-building from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Frank Cass and Routledge.

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