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Old 07-02-2004, 03:00 PM
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How do I become a UN peacekeeper?

How do I become a UN peacekeeping troop? Do I have to go through the US military first? Also, is the name of peacekeeper just lip service, or do these troops actually (as is my impresion) do more moral work in the world?
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Old 07-02-2004, 03:21 PM
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Step one: Move to a country other than the US
Step two: Join the military
Step three: Wait for a new blood bath somewhere in the world that people care about.

Peacekeepers are best used when opposing sides agree to a settlement (I.e. Cyprus) and request the UN to provide troops to patrol a buffer zone between them. They operate under a UN mandate and under the command of one of the countries supplying the troops. They typically are required to be conspicuous and not engage in hostilities.
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Old 07-02-2004, 03:25 PM
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Step one: Move to a country other than the US
Step two: Join the military
Step three: Wait for a new blood bath somewhere in the world that people care about.
Is it really imposible to do as a US citizen? If my memory serves me, I forfit my citizenship if I join another country's military.
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Old 07-02-2004, 03:33 PM
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Not unless (a) the foreign country is at war with the U.S. or (b) you serve as an officer, and possibly not even then. From the Dual Citizenship FAQ:
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Current US law says that foreign military service will result in loss of US citizenship if the person served as an officer (commissioned or non-commissioned) or the foreign military force is engaged in hostilities against the US; the service was voluntary; and (most importantly) the person intended to give up his US citizenship.

Current US policy goes further. Unless a dual citizen is serving in a "policy level position" in a foreign government, commits treason against the US (e.g., by fighting the US voluntarily during wartime), or acts in a manner considered totally inconsistent with any possible intent to keep US citizenship, the State Department is unlikely to take any action. Further, the current policy statement on foreign military service recognizes that dual citizens sometimes find themselves legally obligated to participate in the military forces of their other country of citizenship, and can do so in such situations without endangering their US status.
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Old 07-02-2004, 03:34 PM
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The US may provide logistics but I'm not sure how often the country gets involved in the ground work. Historically the US would likely have been a supporter of one of the sides. That leads to perception problems.

Modern peacekeeping is slowly turning into peacemaking. In that situation the sides have yet to agree to terms and the result is a fair bit of bloodshed i.e. Bosnia.

Its not the PeaceCorps by any stretch.
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Old 07-02-2004, 05:50 PM
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Move to Canada, and join the armed forces. Canada is involved in most of the UN's peacekeeping missions.
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Old 07-02-2004, 06:35 PM
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Golly, don't you have to find peace first, before you can keep it? Maybe it's a metaphysical thing, the UN peacefinders.
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The current largest contributor to peacekeeping missions is the Pakistani military, if you fancy a real change of career.
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Old 07-02-2004, 06:52 PM
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Golly, don't you have to find peace first, before you can keep it?
Yup. As illogical titles, 'UN Peacekeepers' is on a par with, ooooh, 'Defence Budget'.
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Old 07-02-2004, 09:41 PM
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Is it really imposible to do as a US citizen?
There ARE American UN Peacekeepers or Observer Forces. Just that they're very few, for various reasons: As mentioned above, often the US is aligned with one or another of the parties in conflict (or isn't, but nobody will believe it), and at the very least it's preferred that UN missions NOT include any of the hegemonic powers(*); the US forces have a large amount of other prior commitments going on even in the best of times; there are domestic political issues involved, some serious, some silly (there's always some kook who'll claim one GI wearing a "UN" armband and reporting to an officer from Austria is a sign that we're under One World Government); etc.

(*Which is why you see a lot of the UN forces coming from the likes of Fiji, Ireland, Canada, Finland, Pakistan, or Nigeria. You want someone that nobody will suspect of wishing to take the place over for themselves)

The way to become a UN Peacekeeper/Observer, quite simply, is:
1. Join the military of your country, or your country of choice
2. Have your government decide to commit some troops to a UN mission
3. Have your unit be the one that gets deployed.



As you may see, only "1" is really within your power. Improved chances if Canadian, Fijian or Irish, but that's about it. There is no "UN Peacekeeping Force", but rather units from the member countries' armed forces, that get attached to a command that's formed for the purpose of performing a given UN mission, as agreed to by their respective governments.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:44 PM
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Yes you can

US citizens can definitely work for the UN Dept of Peacekeeping Operations. Check out jobs.un.org

If you think it might be hard to get one of these positions with limited scope of experience, then check out unv.org

Support the UN.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:51 PM
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US citizens can definitely work for the UN Dept of Peacekeeping Operations. Check out jobs.un.org

If you think it might be hard to get one of these positions with limited scope of experience, then check out unv.org

Support the UN.
Yes, but this isn't really what the OP is looking for. A man who working for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as an analyst or PR Flack or researcher isn't a peacekeeper any more than I would become a soldier by becoming an attorney-advisor at the Department of Defense.
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Does the U.N. get involved if there's a zombie uprising?
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Several people have reported StevenBhardwaj's post as spam and/or resurrecting a six-year-old thread. While he did apparently join the SDMB just to make that post, I think it is on-topic and does add something to the thread, so I'm not closing it at this point.
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Guess I did close it.

I think he's a comment spammer. Just my opinion, of course.
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