With over 90,000 armed UN peacekeepers working around the world today — from Haiti to Lebanon to Kosovo to Darfur — critics have debated whether peace forces are generally isolated from the communities they are meant to protect. They often engage from the outside, with soldiers often patrolling in vehicles and retreating at the end of the day to compounds of rarefied security. There is, however, another model for peacekeeping called unarmed civilian protection, or UCP.
Check out the full story on UCP, it's benefits and debates at Waging Nonviolence here.
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