Forsvarsstudier no. 4/1994
Title: A Concept for Post-Cold War Peacekeeping
Author: Charles Dobbie
Number pages: 137
From the perspectives of history, pragmatism, and the recent post operational reports of practitioners, Charles Dobbie examines the demands of peacekeeping today. On the evidence adduced he suggests that the absence or presence of consent in theatre is the critical determinant of the manner in which peacekeeping operations should be planned, directed and conducted at all levels, particularly with regard to the use of force. He goes on to describe a concept for peacekeeping in the contemporary security environmental seeks to take realistic account of the consent criterion. His concept describes the range of possible peacekeeping tasks and goes on to cover principles, operational techniques, planning and training. Dobbie concludes by seven particular lessons, arguing that peacekeeping and peace enforcement are separate and mutually exclusive activities which cannot be mixed and which therefore need to be directed and handled in a consistent manner with due regard to appropriate principles.
Ho also suggests that the main effort of any peacekeeping campaign should seek to address the perceptions and attitudes of the parties to the conflict and the local population.
Lt. Col Charles W. G. Dobbie OBE, KOSBI, was commissioned into the British Army’s lntelligence Corps from RM4 Sandhurst in 1969. He has served with the infantry, the airborne forces and Special Forces
His staff appointments have covered intelligence, personnel, financial programming and tri-service conceptual planning, both in Berlin and at the Ministry of Defence in London. His last appointment was with the Inspectorate General of Doctrine and Training where he wrote “Wider Peacekeeping” – a tactical doctrine for the British Army for peacekeeping post Cold War.