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CONTEMPORARY ISSUE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-156

Psychological aspects of peacekeeping operations


Department of Psychiatry, Peoples College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. M. S. V. K. Raju
Department of Psychiatry. Peoples College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. Bhopal - 462 037
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.151693

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Peacekeeping operations are but one aspect of the systems of peace that have evolved over the past seven decades in a world that is riven with violence of all kinds. With the end of cold war in the late eighties of the last century we have come to see much intrastate violence, in addition to usual interstate hostilities and war, arising out of religious, political, ethnic and economic differences between people. In the changed scenario peacekeeping operations have become complex politico-military-humanitarian efforts. A soldier, trained for conventional military operations, is obliged to participate in the unconventional operations of waging peace in alien lands often in volatile and violent situations and in the process he stands to get exposed to widely variable demands for adjustment that have the potential to bring to the fore many maladaptive responses. Peacekeeping operations also have the potential to offer opportunities for growth and resilience. India is a major player in peacekeeping activities for well over sixty years all over the world. It is necessary for the commanders and mental health professionals to understand the multifarious factors that impinge on the peacekeeping soldier's mind and the emerging patterns of responses thereof for effective management trained manpower and fulfillment of mission objectives


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