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Original scientific paper

UNTAES: A Case Study

Ivan Šimonović
Ivan Nimac

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The UN peacekeeping missions preceding the UNTAES, namely UNPROFOR and UNCRO were unsuccessful from various reasons: their political basis was ambiguous and many of the key elements of their mandates were never implemented. Authors point out that defining UNCRO’s principal aim as “achievement of a political solution” was inappropriate for a UN peacekeeping operation. In contrast to its predecessors, UNTAES was designed within a different political setting taking into account the change in the military balance and political circumstances that followed the Dayton Agreement. Its success was founded on achievable mandate, international support for the fulfilment of the mandate, domestic leadership, adept and pragmatic leadership of the mission and the existence of regional balance of powers. The authors conclude by classifying UNTAES as a very successful peacekeeping operation that fulfilled its mandate and aims and was followed by the UN Civilian Police Support Group and finally by the current mandate of the OSCE.


Croatia, UNTAES, UN peacekeeping mission, peaceful re-integration

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