Peacekeeping Operations

Peacekeeping Operations At A Glance

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The Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) account provides funds for several initiatives in support of peackeeping and regional stability not funded through the United Nations. 

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According to the State Department, the Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) account funds support for "multilateral peacekeeping and regional stability operations that are not funded through the UN mechanism." First authorized in 1978, PKO funds are intended to help diminish and resolve conflict, enhance the ability of states to participate in peacekeeping and stability operations, address counterterrorism threats and reform military establishments into professional military forces with respect for the rule of law in the aftermath of conflict. The funded activities range from equipment and training to service for militaries, police, civilian personnel, and international organizations. The PKO account is authorized in Section 551 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which allows the President to furnish assistance to friendly countries and international organizations “in furtherance of national security interests.” Congress annually appropriates funding to maintain this account, and resources are administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. PKO funding supports numerous initiatives, including the Global Peace Operations Initiative, the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership and the Partnership for Regional East Africa Counter Terrorism.


Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 P.L. 87–195, Chapter 6, Sec. 551


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