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date: 25 February 2021

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This chapter focuses on the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II), a peacekeeping mission authorized by the UN Security Council in March 1993 to rehabilitate Somalia’s political institutions and economy and promote political settlement and national reconciliation between the principal factions in the civil war. After providing an overview of the Somali conflict, the chapter outlines UNOSOM II’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and limitations, as well as the lessons that can be learned from its experience. It also considers UNOSOM II’s adoption of a war-fighting posture as it attempted to implement the disarmament aspects of its mandate.

Keywords: peacekeeping, UN Security Council, Somalia, civil war, disarmament, Unified Task Force

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