Japan, the #2 Economy in the World, #85 in Peacekeeping

10.05.10

Categorie: Asia, Japan, Kyle Mizokami, U.N. Peacekeeping |
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Peacekeeping map

Peacekeeping map. Via ROK Drop.

by KYLE MIZOKAMI

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Not necessarily.

Hat tip to ROK Drop on this one.

Originally published at Japan Security Watch.

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3 Responses to “Japan, the #2 Economy in the World, #85 in Peacekeeping”

  1. Jon says:

    The Japanese Constitution, in theory, restricts Japanese military development to that of Japanese national defense only and doesn’t allow force of arms to be used in settling international disputes.

    With verbiage like that there’s little wonder they’re slow to interfere.

  2. Spade says:

    Also, look at quality. Just because Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria send a lot of guys doesn’t mean those guys are worth much.

    A lot of the places that have made large contributions to UN missions have not exactly had those troops distinguish themselves.

  3. Derek says:

    (Kyle, sorry to remain off-topic.)

    I’ve always been interested in the political economy of peacekeeping in South Asia. Are the large peacekeeping contributions effectively subsidizing (and providing training and experience to) the men at arms of each state? How did the rivaling contributions evolve? What’s the level of cooperation between the forces on mission? If anyone has found a book, paper or discussion on the topic, please let me know.

    The UN DPKO pays a flat rate per soldier for a UN mission (read: not Afghanistan). Not only is Spade right about quality, but developed states often take a substantial loss in deploying peacekeepers with the UN; developing states may instead make money, paying/feeding/equipping the solider for far less. Not saying it’s right (for some states to not contribute or for others profit from peacekeeping missions)—just an observation.

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