Issue Brief on “Pakistan’s Role in UN Peacekeeping: Contributions, Challenges, and Future Prospects”


Amidst many conflicts and humanitarian crises, the United Nations (UN) plays an important role in peace-keeping operations, mitigating conflicts and sustaining peace. As one of the leading contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions, Pakistan has been a significant player in global efforts to promote peace and stability.

The UN peacekeeping is a unique and dynamic instrument that helps countries affected by conflicts to create conditions for sustainable peace. It is a manifestation of global partnership that brings together the General Assembly, Security Council, Troops-Contributing Countries (TCCs) and host government(s) in a combined effort to maintain international peace and security.[1]

From the beginning of the UN peacekeeping operations, member states of the UN have been contributing peacekeepers. With the end of the Cold War, the contributions of the developing countries in UN peacekeeping operations have increased significantly. Developing countries take on the effort in managing inter-state and intra-state disputes through peacekeeping operations.[2] United Nations peacekeeping occupies a major place in Pakistan’s foreign policy agenda. In particular, the early 1990s were an active period for Pakistan, which served as a UN peacekeeper in various trouble spots throughout the world.[3]

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