The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
has been involved in active peacekeeping
missions since 1994, and coordinates with UN Peacekeeping
operations and directives.
The Former Yugoslavia
The first NATO peacekeeping mission has its roots on February 28, 1994, when the organization authorized U.S. fighters to fire on Serbian planes violating the no-fly zone over the former Yugoslavia. Previously, NATO had limited itself to solving conflicts within its member states; this operation marked a shift as the alliance worked to keep the peace in regions of Eastern Europe
, which was considered to be an "out-of-area deployment." In December 1995, NATO sent an unprecedented 60,000 troops to ensure that all sides would abide by the Dayton accords
, which was replaced by a smaller force of 32,000 troops a year later.
Under a UN mandate, a NATO-led force (IFOR
) entered Bosnia
in order to implement The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a similar manner, a NATO... Read More