Keeping the Peace
Life as a Global U.N. Peacekeeper
by Ronald A. Quejas-Risdon
After some twenty years as a United Nations Peacekeeper with assignments in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan the author recounts this lifestyle in a highly readable adventure memoir. Negotiating with warlords in Somalia, staring down a child soldier in Sudan, avoiding arrest in Iraq or protecting refugees as they flee their burning homes are all too common occurrences. This personal account takes you across war torn continents and into the daily life of those rare individuals who put their life on the line to intervene and act on the part of the most vulnerable members of society. Complete with area maps and photos this is a rare insight into this well known and important but little understood life. U.N. Peacekeeping is one of the most effective ways to stabilize a society recovering from the devastation of war or the disruption of failed states. By sharing peacekeeping with member states of the U.N., the US saves at the rate of eight to one over the cost of going it alone. Additionally, peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts are more acceptable to recipient societies when implemented by a mixed global force.
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