Performance of UN Military Observer Teams – Does Victim Proximity Escalate Commitment to Saving Lives?

Rendement des équipes d’observateurs militaires de l’ONU – Est-ce que la proximité des victimes augmente la volonté de sauver des vies?

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Authors
  1. Mandel, D.R.
  2. Vartanian, O.S
  3. Adams, B.D.
  4. Thomson , M.H.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A field experiment examined the tactical peacekeeping behaviors of military-officer teams undergoing training as United Nations military observers. Teams encountered a simulated human-rights violation where two civilians were being abused. Proximity of the female civilian to the team leader was manipulated and significantly influenced teams’ commitment to saving the civilians’ lives. Proximity increased the frequency of behaviors that were specifically oriented toward saving the civilians’ lives and did not increase confrontational behavior. Finally, trainees’ performance assessments were lower if they intervened but failed to save lives than if they did little to intervene and also failed to save lives.

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Keywords
Military peacekeeping, tactical conflict resolution, negotiation, victim proximi
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2009-186 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
15 Jul 2010
Number of Pages
18
DSTKIM No
CA034571
CANDIS No
534065
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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