, Volume 70, Number 3

Richard Gowan is Research Director at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations

The blue helmets are thinly spread, poorly resourced and sometimes undisciplined but they make the best of a foul job

A UN security boat patrols the shoreline off Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Michele Sibiloni/AFP/Getty

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