The United Nations (UN) is an international organization created from the express consent of states and established upon a multilateral international treaty between those states in order to perform the functions of promoting international peace and security, aid in the development of international relations, promote human rights, and aid in “harmonizing actions” between nations. The most ardent of these functions falls to the UN Security Council due to its responsibility for maintaining peace and security. UN peacekeeping missions were originally an alternative to collective security but they have evolved into Peace Support Operations (PSO) and are deployed with a strategy and mission in mind that will coordinate the multitude of organizations joining in to support the society undergoing a complex emergency. Evaluations of PSOs is imperative in order to effectively provide policy makers with the knowledge necessary to improve strategy and resource allocation for future PSOs.

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Noreen Towle has a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from California State University San Marcos and a Masters in Conflict Management and Resolutions for National and International Security from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She currently works for Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools and Marine Corps Engineer School as a Family Readiness Officer. She has volunteered for a multitude of programs such as Foster Youth Services, Family Readiness, and Faith Formation. Ms. Towle has received numerous volunteer awards to include two presidential volunteer awards and has been published in the peer reviewed journal Global Security Studies. Contact: noreen.towle@gmail.com Tel. 910.297.5018.


conflict management and resolution, Haiti, peacekeeping, peace support operations (PSO), United Nations (UN), UN peacekeeping missions, United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

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