peace·​keep·​ing | \ ˈpēs-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio) \

Definition of peacekeeping

: the preserving of peace especially : international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities

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peacekeeper \ ˈpēs-​ˌkē-​pər How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio) \ noun

Examples of peacekeeping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chad has provided pivotal troops to regional forces battling jihadists in northern Mali, which has been called the most dangerous U.N. peacekeeping mission in the world. Star Tribune, "Chad holds funeral for late president amid rebel threat," 23 Apr. 2021 The film centers on a fictional translator (Jasna Đuričić) assisting United Nations peacekeeping forces during the conflict. Gregory Ellwood, Los Angeles Times, "‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ pushes to find the lost souls of a 1995 massacre," 24 Mar. 2021 Jasna Djuricic is superb in the title role of a middle-aged ex-schoolteacher working as a translator for the UN peacekeeping forces in Srebrenica. Globe Staff,, "In ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?,’ a final horror in a century filled with horror," 17 Mar. 2021 The tragedy is that people believed that the U.N. peacekeeping forces stationed there would protect them. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Angelina Jolie Talks to Director Jasmila Zbanic About Quo Vadis, Aida? and the Role of Art in Healing Trauma," 8 Mar. 2021 Deby’s 37-year-old son, Mahamat, is best known as a top commander of the Chadian forces aiding a U.N. peacekeeping mission in northern Mali. Edouard Takadji And Krista Larson,, "Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby Itno killed on battlefield hours after winning reelection, replaced by son," 20 Apr. 2021 The 36-page report released Tuesday by the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, a peacekeeping force known as MINUSMA, supported their testimonies. Washington Post, "French airstrike in Mali killed 19 civilians, U.N. investigation finds," 30 Mar. 2021 Kosovo on Tuesday sent a military platoon to Kuwait to take part in the country's first ever international peacekeeping mission. Star Tribune, "Kosovo sends troops on peacekeeping mission for first time," 9 Mar. 2021 Agape, a peacekeeping force whose staff includes ex-gang members from the neighborhood, is on contract with the city to keep watch over the area. Star Tribune, "In Minneapolis, business owners in George Floyd Square plead for safety," 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of peacekeeping

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peacekeeping was in 1910

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5 May 2021

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“Peacekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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