From the thesis abstract: "The United States (U.S.)1994 National Security Strategy emphasized the strengthening of the United Nations (UN) capability to conduct multilateral operations. This thesis analyzes U.S. policy decisions made during the 1992-1994 Somali crisis and Operation Restore Hope to determine if the U.S. strengthened the UN ability to conduct multilateral peace operations. Using criteria outlined in Joint Doctrine Publication 3-07, 'Peace Operations', and by examining critical U.S. policy decisions made throughout the crisis the research determined U.S. policy decisions did not strengthen UN capabilities to conduct multilateral peace operations. U.S. policy decisions hindered the perceived legitimacy, credibility and the UN ability to foster political reconciliation. The implications of the U.S. and UN experience in Somalia had a long lasting impact on the perceptions of U.S. resolve in the face of casualties and the UN capabilities to organize and lead a multilateral peace operation."
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