A Dark Side to UN Peacekeeping Missions

Peacekeeping troops are generally regarded as positive forces in virulent and destabilizing intrastate conflicts.  However a growing number of recent allegations against the  United Nations forces tell a different story. It seems that in a number on conflict zones, the presence of UN forces have indirectly helped small local criminal factions grow into well-organized networks able to usurp state sovereignty.  This holds important implications for state response to ethnic conflict. In the absence of stable mechanisms of governance and rule of law, extremist ideology, graft and fractious social change can…