The Case for 'Trust' as a Key Soft Skill for Peacekeepers: A Study in How Trust Impacts Inter-organizational Cooperation and Local Ownership with Military Peacekeepers Deployed to UNIFIL
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Anne Holohan, Sara Singleton, 'The Case for 'Trust' as a Key Soft Skill for Peacekeepers: A Study in How Trust Impacts Inter-organizational Cooperation and Local Ownership with Military Peacekeepers Deployed to UNIFIL', 2019, Journal of International Peacekeeping;, 21;
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This article uses the case study of the unifil mission in South Lebanon to explore the role of trust in facilitating or obstructing inter-organizational cooperation and local ownership in a traditional UN peacekeeping mission. Peacekeeping is distinct from many other forms of military engagement in the level of cooperation it requires, not only between different national military contingents, but between militaries and international police and civilian staff, personnel from local institutions and municipalities, and local communities. This article argues that the inter-organizational cooperation necessary for effective interoperability will not happen unless there is trust between the militaries working together. Equally, local ownership is not possible unless local populations trust peacekeepers to be impartial. However, this soft skill – awareness of the role of trust and how to engender it – is not included in pre-deployment training for military personnel. We outline the soft skill of ‘trust awareness’, including a typology of trust relevant for peacekeeping, and ‘trust mechanics’- practical actions and behaviors that foster trust.
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Journal of International Peacekeeping;
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