Improving peacekeeping operations through lessons learned


  1. Ghanmi, A.
  2. Wheaton, K.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Operational Research (Joint and Land)
This paper documents an approach to identify the most common problems that arise in peacekeeping operations. The methodology of the study was an analysis of the lessons learned from international operations. Focussed in particular on operations from the last decade, a database was developed to characterize each operation and the associated lessons learned and their relative importance. The database was ysed to sort lessons by type of operation, phase of the operation, and by the region of the operation. The flexibility of a database for grouping information into different categories was exploited to facilitate the analysis. The lessons learned database was compiled from a sampling taken from unclassified sources, primarily the Canadian Army but also from United Nations and NATO reports. The analysis has provided a breakdown of the different types of operation by year, size and region. It shows what types of lessons occur most frequently in peacekeeping as opposed to peace enforcement or humanitarian assistance operations. The differences in the types of problems that occur in different operations and in different regions are also shown. The study illustrates trends in lessons learned useful for directing efforts in Canada to improve the ability of the Canadian Forces of the future to react to requests for United Nations and NATO missions. TRUNCATED
Lessons learned;Operations other than war;Humanitarian operations;Peace support operations
Report Number
ORD-DOR(J&L)-RN-2001-02 — Research Note
Date of publication
01 May 2001
Number of Pages
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