JP 3-07.3 Peace Operations

March 1, 2018


Peace operations are activities intended to build, keep, enforce, or make peace, or
when necessary, prevent conflict. They include crisis response and limited contingency
operations and frequently involve international military missions to contain conflict,
restore peace, and shape the strategic security environment to support reconciliation and
rebuilding, as well as to facilitate the transition to legitimate governance. They include
peacekeeping operations (PKO), peace building, peacemaking, conflict prevention, and
peace enforcement operations (PEO). Peace operations may be conducted under the
sponsorship of the United Nations (UN), another international organization, within a
coalition of nations, or unilaterally. The UN and other international organizations often
refer to a peace operations organization as a mission.

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