Michael Renner

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Michael Renner is a senior researcher and director of the Global Security Project at Worldwatch Institute, a globally focused environmental research organization.

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UN Peacekeeping: An Uncertain Future

United Nations peacekeeping is yet again at a crossroads: it may finally succeed in establishing itself as the preeminent force for conflict prevention and peace, or it could continue operating with a severe mismatch of mandates and resources.

Control of Oil Revenues

While widespread ransacking was happening in Iraq after Baghdad fell, the U.S. moved swiftly to secure the country's oil facilities.

The Other Looting

The focus of the occupation regime is more on emergency repairs than on a major rehabilitation of Iraq's dilapidated and war-destroyed public infrastructure.

Peacekeeping and the United Nations

The Clinton administration came into office espousing support for UN peacekeeping. Characterizing his policy as “assertive multilateralism,” President Clinton appeared enthusiastic about the creation of a small UN “quick-deployment force” and seemed unwilling to commit U.S. forces to UN operations.