peace·​keep·​ing | \ˈpēs-ˌkē-piŋ \

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 \ noun

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Austria's peacekeeping role on the border between Syria and Israel ended in 2013. Fox News, "Austria prosecutors probe UN peacekeepers over Syria ambush," 2 May 2018 But China’s defense strategy in Africa is complicated — it can’t be boiled down to a simple correlation of Chinese interests in natural resources in the places where Chinese peacekeeping units are deployed. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 The attack has ripped up a brittle cease-fire negotiated last year by Russia, Jordan and the United States, the Trump administration’s main peacekeeping achievement in Syria. New York Times, "Syrian Assault Flouts U.S.-Backed Cease-Fire and Sets Off New Exodus," 29 June 2018 Last year the White House nixed turning over $11 million in unspent peacekeeping dollars to help Haiti fight cholera. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "U.S. Congress to U.N.: What are you doing to compensate Haiti's cholera victims?," 15 June 2018 But the joint exercises, which the U.S. has described as a security and peacekeeping measure, have long been a sticking point; North Korea, which views the exercises as practice for an invasion, had threatened to cancel the summit over them. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "President Trump Says He'll Stop Joint Military Exercises With South Korea. Here's Why U.S. Troops Are There in the First Place," 12 June 2018 The United States has also been pushing for major cuts to U.N. peacekeeping operations. Fox News, "UN votes to cut UN-AU force in Sudan's Darfur region in half," 13 July 2018 China’s involvement in U.N. peacekeeping operations (PKOs) is another sign of this commitment. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nouakchott Monday to discuss the battle against Islamic extremism and ways to finance counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations. Ahmed Mohamed, The Seattle Times, "African leaders talk security with French president," 2 July 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peacekeeping was in 1910

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