Peacekeeping Operations

$659 million*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

 
The Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) account funds multilateral UN and regional peacekeeping and security forces, as well as training programs that increase the capacity of relevant countries to participate in PKO forces.

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Justification for Funding

  • U.S.-funded programs that train, equip, and support the deployment of foreign security forces for international peacekeeping operations are essential to improving international security, sustaining and consolidating peace settlements, promoting institutions that preserve rule of law, and enhancing the protection of civilians in conflict areas.
  • A peacekeeping operation is the single most effective way to reduce the security dilemma that pervades post-conflict settings. Without their assistance, few countries are able to break the cycle of violence and make it out of civil war.
  • This account assists the U.S. government’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), which has facilitated the deployment of more than 197,000 personnel from 38 countries to 29 peace operations around the world. PKO also supports the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which works to help stabilize Somalia and defeat al-Shabaab.
  • PKO funds the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP), which will build the rapid peacekeeping response capacities of six African countries, and aiding quick deployment, which is essential to stabilizing volatile regions.

Cost of Cuts Below $659 Million

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  • Failing to properly fund PKO will make the U.S. less able to enhance the capabilities of our partner nations and expand the pool of properly trained peacekeepers and promote international security.

 

$659 million

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership

 

Justification for Full Funding

197,000
number of foreign military personnel deployed facilitated by PKO funding.

  • PKO is also a critical source of voluntary funding for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In recent years, Congress has also used PKO to fund assessed contributions for the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), which, due to the capacity constraints of AU forces, provides equipment and logistical support to the AMISOM. 
  • AMISOM continues to work to stabilize Somalia and help Somali security forces push back against Al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization that has pledged fealty to Al-Qaeda and poses a serious threat to regional stability. Al-Shabaab has carried out a number of attacks targeting civilians in recent years, including a horrific truck bombing in Mogadishu last October that killed more than 500 people. It is in our national interest to counter Al-Shabaab, and shortchanging PKO would limit our ability to do that.

*Enacted FY17 Appropriation

For more information, please contact: Tom Buttry, tbuttry@interaction.org

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