NATO peacekeeping

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been involved in active peacekeeping missions since 1994, and coordinates with United Nations peacekeeping operations and directives.


The Former Yugoslavia[edit]

See also: Yugoslav Wars

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.[1] 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."[2] 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.[3]

Under a UN mandate, a NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR) entered Bosnia in order to implement The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was succeeded by SFOR. In a similar manner, a NATO operation (Kosovo Force, or KFOR) continues in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

The NATO-led mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina has since been replaced by a European Union peacekeeping mission, EUFOR Althea.

Current operations[edit]

NATO currently has operations in underway in Afghanistan, previously with the International Security Assistance Force, [4] and from January 2015 with the Resolute Support Mission.


  1. ^ British American Security Information Council, NATO, Peacekeeping, and the United Nations, Report 94.1,
  2. ^ NATO Review, Lessons Learned, Vol. 49 - No. 2 Summer 2001 p. 12-15,
  3. ^ Congressional Research Service, Bosnia and the European Union Military Force (EUFOR): Post-NATO Peacekeeping,
  4. ^ BBC News, Nato's Afghanistan troop dilemma, 26 December 2005,

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