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Guidelines for deployment of U.N. peacekeepers

Feb. 18, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University political scientist will examine how the United Nations decides to intervene in an international conflict when he speaks as part of a Thursday, Feb. 19, research colloquium sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics.

Dr. Timothy Carter, a WMU visiting assistant professor of political science, will present "United Nations Peacekeeping: The Intervention Decisions" at 12:30 p.m. in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall.

"Much of the lecture will deal with how the norms of international behavior, with respect for a state's sovereignty, interact with the actions of the local combatants in a civil war," says Carter.

Carter will use evidence from U.N. peacekeeping operations over the past 50 years, as well as cite notable difficulties seen in recent civil wars, including those in Somalia and the former Yugoslovia.

"Political changes since the end of the Cold War have changed the U.N. peacekeeping process, making the U.N.'s job both easier and more difficult," says Carter.

For more information about other upcoming events sponsored by the WMU's Political Science Department's Institute for Government and Politics visit the institute's Web site at <www.wmich.edu/igp>.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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