Terminology, if not precisely defined, can lead to misinterpretation and misunderstanding. This has been the case in the way in which the United Nations has been using peacemaking, peacekeeping and, more recently, peacebuilding. Agenda for Peace, produced by the UN Secretary General in 1992 suffers from some ambiguity in this respect. For example, it refers to the military performing a peacemaking role. The military cannot make peace, that is the role of the diplomat or politician. All that the military can do is to allay, defuse and help to end the manifest violence so that the peacemaking process can better proceed in a stable and calm atmosphere.
humanitarian operation, Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, United Nations, United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM)
Harbottle, Michael and Harbottle, Eirwen
"The Two Faces Of Peace Building,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 4:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol4/iss1/5