from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the preservation of peace, especially the supervision by international forces of a truce between hostile nations.

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  • n. An effort to preserve peace between hostile groups, especially by a sanctioned military force.

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  • adj. of or relating to the preservation of peace between hostile groups by international military forces
  • n. the activity of keeping the peace by military forces (especially when international military forces enforce a truce between hostile groups or nations)


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  • In the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, business leaders are so concerned about spiraling drug cartel-related violence that they have asked the United Nations to send in peacekeeping soldiers to restore calm.

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  • The Lord-High-Everything-Else wants an emasculated Scotland to be an expert in peacekeeping, reports The Scotsman:

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  • You'd think Democrats were already pounding John McCain for allegedly saying that he wants the Iraq war to continue for 100 more years, when all he really said was that he doesn't much mind if a long-term peacekeeping force remains in Iraq as long as the shooting has stopped.

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  • We should be in that room and we should see our trade and our relations all linked to the one thing that makes us so impactful and I think Canadians in every province would agree peacekeeping is our reputation.

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  • Yet because of their long-standing ideology — emphatically expressed by George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld in the year or two before 9/11 — that peacekeeping is not what America should be doing, they never really made the effort to revamp the American military and other institutions of American government that would allow America to do this peacekeeping successfully.

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  • The plan relies on swiftness and efficiency, reflecting Rumsfeld's deep opposition to long-term peacekeeping, which he believes has created a permanent dependency in places like Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.

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  • But some also think he has awakened to the idea that he needs broad consensus, not least because he doesn't want to be blamed for an Iraq quagmire -- one that may involve a long-term peacekeeping presence in an Arab country -- when the 2004 election rolls around.

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  • However, the UN is involved – or as much as the UN ever is – in peacekeeping & rebuilding missions there.

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  • I believe in peacekeeping, not policing diversity, not assimilation and that the beaver is a proud and noble animal.

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  • But the world changed and, with it, the missions we called peacekeeping; however, most Canadians remain content with a simplistic version of the Pearson philosophy.

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