Peace Keep­ing Op­er­a­tion Sem­i­nar

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A one day Peace Keep­ing Op­er­a­tion sem­i­nar was held on Novem­ber 6, 2012 at War Mu­seum in Seoul, South Korea. Mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, schol­ars and politi­cians at­tended the sem­i­nar. Spe­cial guest of the sem­i­nar, Maj Bengt-Ake Folke­son presents “ef­fec­tive Peace­keep­ing and Peace build­ing chal­lenges for the ‘Train­ing Com­mu­nity’”. He said threats to Peace­keep­ing nowa­days come from, weapon pro­lif­er­a­tion, non con­ven­tional threats, sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence and non state ac­tors.

DPKO has elab­o­rated an early peace build­ing strat­egy to help mis­sions es­tab­lish and se­quence peace build­ing, pri­or­i­tize ar­eas such as polic­ing, rule of law, DDR, se­cu­rity sec­tor re­form and mine ac­tion. In peace­keep­ing, the most im­por­tant ac­tor is the host coun­try, Maj Folke­son said.

Chal­lenges for the Train­ing Com­mu­nity – train­ing needs to be across per­sonal (civil­ian, mil­i­tary and po­lice). Train­ing needs to be spe­cific for the mil­i­tary such as in­te­grat­ing mil­i­tary plan­ning with civil­ian plan­ning process, un­der­stand­ing and us­ing ROE, driv­ing, English writ­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Spe­cific train­ing needs for staff of­fi­cers – co­or­di­na­tion and in­ter­ac­tion with other ac­tors. Spe­cific train­ing needs for mil­i­tary li­ai­son and mil­i­tary ob­servers. A South Korean scholar and former Colonel Yu Jae said “In 1993 that South Korea de­ployed sol­diers for the first time to So­ma­lia and in 2001, they de­ployed to Iraq.” South Korea’s peace­keep­ers were de­ployed by two min­is­ters. The UN forces dis­patched are un­der the charge of the for­eign min­istry and the other forces dis­patched are un­der the charge of the min­istry of de­fense. Prof. Yun, as the first civil­ian woman to visit the Arch Unit in the U.A.E, where the U.A.E did a counter ter­ror­ist mis­sion. She also used to present at the ra­dio pro­gram about peace­keep­ing is­sues.

Col. Lee Hong Woo, who was the com­man­der of a unit dis­patched in Haiti and also the com­bined force in East Ti­more for a year, where they did med­i­cal treat­ment to a lo­cal com­mu­nity 15,000. A former Lieu­tenant Gen­eral and Con­gress­man Song Young-Keun said the Na­tional As­sem­bly were in ef­forts to con­tinue their troop op­er­a­tion over­seas, for a dis­patch pe­riod of 6 months to 1 year. (In prepa­ra­tion of with­drawal - a no­tice of least 3 months should be given).

In the past Korea was in­vaded more than 900 times by out­side pow­ers. Nowa­days Korea is send­ing troops around the world.

At the Sem­i­nar on Peace Keep­ing Op­er­a­tion

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