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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency

Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and “Quick Impact Projects”

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(p.460) Twenty-Two Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency
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Land of Blue Helmets
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Susann Kassem

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286931.003.0023

This chapter examines the function of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon's (UNIFIL) post-2006 “Quick Impact Projects” (QIPs), small-scale and short-term development projects carried out with local municipalities. More international interventions were carried out in the name of “peace” in the decade following the end of the Cold War than in the previous four decades put together. In the era of United States unipolarity, following the demise of its Soviet rival, the budget of United Nations peacekeeping missions has increased from a total of US$3.6 billion in the year 1994 to US$8.27 billion in the year 2016. After providing a brief background on the history of UNIFIL, the chapter suggests that QIPs illustrate the mission's contradictions and its frequently thorny relations with the local population, who welcome UNIFIL's economic development efforts but reject their underlying political objective of constructing a rival authority and influence to Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.

Keywords:   peacekeeping, Quick Impact Projects, United Nations, Hizbullah, Lebanon, economic development

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