The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Requirements for Peacekeepers: A Case Study of the UN Observer Group Lebanon

Wettstein, Marc Philipp (2020) The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Requirements for Peacekeepers: A Case Study of the UN Observer Group Lebanon. DBA thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/9SE5B7NE

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Research in the UN peacekeeping context highlights the challenges of peacekeeping missions and indicates that participants need specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) to be effective. The extant research covers aspects of the interoperability between the actors in the field, as well as diversity among peacekeepers and how it affects the performance of daily activities by contingents from different countries. Furthermore, the importance of having military personnel capable of performing efficiently in a complex, diverse and cross-cultural working environment is apparent from studies conducted by armed forces on specific cross-cultural KSAs. Yet, no KSA-specific research has been conducted in the context of UN Military Observers (UNMOs). Thus, it is of great importance to develop a UNMO-specific KSA model to close this gap. In May 2017, over 95,000 uniformed peacekeepers from 128 countries were deployed across 16 missions; 1,569 of these individuals were UNMOs (UN, 2019a). UN Military Observers usually operate unarmed in remote areas with fragile security conditions (UN, 2019b); the difficulty of accessing this specific environment could be a reason for the lack of research. This thesis presents a case study performed in the context of the Observer Group Lebanon (OGL) while I was deployed as a UNMO. The data collection is based on 30 semi-structured interviews. A focus group with subject-matter experts is used to review the preliminary findings. The objective of this research is to develop a KSA model for UNMOs in the context of the OGL. The KSAs in the UNMO context can be defined as ‘knowledge, skills and attitudes that officers need to enable them to operate in partnership with all the actors in the mission and to contribute to the success of the mission’. The thesis presents a conceptual competency model for UNMOs with clear description of the model’s components, practical recommendations for UN pre-deployment training centres (TCs) and UNMOs, and with that contribute to the overall knowledge in the peace and security studies.

Item Type: Thesis (DBA)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, Lebanon; United Nations Observer Group Lebanon; Case study; Participants; Knowledge, Skills Attitudes (KSA)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2024 10:28
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 10:32

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