The United Nations ("U.N.") has a history of operating as a peacekeeping force around the world during times of conflict or transition. Often, the states that receive U.N. assistance are underdeveloped, and their citizens become greatly dependent upon the lofty promises of the U.N. Therefore, when the U.N. is unable to uphold these promises, or makes significant mistakes through the course of its efforts, the results can be devastating. With a lengthy resume of peacekeeping missions, one would think that the U.N. sits in an optimal position to understand the needs of relevant parties during times of conflict as well as its own capabilities in meeting these needs. By analyzing the mistakes made in previous efforts, the U.N. can learn from the past. However, it must be asked if the U.N. is indeed educating itself in such a manner, or if instead it is continuing to offer empty promises to nations in desperate need of reliable support.
Crystal Faggart, U.N. Peacekeeping After Rwanda: Lessons Learned or Mistakes Forgotten?, 27 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 495 (2008).