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IN 2009, the United Nations has deployed more peacekeepers than at any time in the organiza- tion’s history. The number of UN peacekeeping personnel in the ±eld has grown more than ±ve fold over the last ten years. With 97,569 military and police now serving in 15 UN-led peacekeeping missions, 1 the UN currently deploys and supports more troops in the ±eld than any actor in the world other than the US Department of Defense – more than UK, France, China and Russia put together. Yet while demand for United Nations peacekeepers has never been higher, Canadian contributions of personnel have rarely been lower (Chart 1). [ 2 ] MILITARY AND POLICE PERSONNEL ON UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS 100,000 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 1993 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 NUMBER OF PERSONNEL © W. Dorn [ 3 ] CURRENT CANADIAN PERSONNEL DEPLOYMENTS 2009 UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND FOR PEACEKEEPERS Since 1999, the number and size of UN missions has grown dramatically (Chart 2). UN missions are now more robust, more multi-faceted and more complex. The rise in demand for peacekeeping has been most notable in Africa, where more than 72,000 peace- keepers are now deployed in places like Southern Sudan, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. The demand for peacekeeping, especially UN peace-
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