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Exit Strategies and State Building$
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Richard Caplan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760114.001.0001

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Exit and Peace Support Operations

Exit and Peace Support Operations

(p.79) 5 Exit and Peace Support Operations
Exit Strategies and State Building

William J. Durch

Oxford University Press

This chapter is about exit strategies and complex peace support operations (PSOs). It sets up a typology of operations that emphasizes the degree of operational involvement in and authority over postconflict state-building. It examines alternatives to outright mission success as sources of mission exit and notes the common sources of such shortfalls. It examines the debate that continues about how much state-building is enough to ensure a reasonable chance of successful exit—a debate that arose when holding national elections was abandoned in the 1990s as sufficient reason for a complex operation to draw down and leave. That shift changed PSO exits from an event to a sometimes-extended process, whose successful implementation requires continuing, high-level political cover, over which the operation often has little control.

Keywords:   exit strategy, peace consolidation, peacekeeping, postconflict, elections, transition

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