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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1966. Department of Political Science.


Copyright 1966, the author. Used by permission.


The United Nations Emergency Force was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in an emergency session in the fall of 1956 as an international security force to help resolve a severe crisis in the Middle East and stem the invasion of Egypt by the troops of Britain, France, and Israel.

UNEF was a swift improvisation designed as a temporary police force of contributory states.Its primary task was supervising the withdrawal of non-Egyptian troops from Egyptian territory and promoting compliance with United Nations resolutions.Although it was a new and unique experiment at a time of international crisis; it has been recognized as an important contribution to the means of peacekeeping.Creating of UNEF was indeed a positive step in United Nations “preventative diplomacy”.

This “experimental” force inspired other countries in conflict to organize similar forces as UNEF.The results achieved and experiences gained by UNEF and similar forces are notable, particularly on the practical side of logistics and supply, of the recruitment of units, of field headquarters organization, as well as in the field of legal concepts and of the principles determining the relationship of the Force to the host country in the performance of its duties and responsibilities.

Para-military forces are a necessity now and continuing on into the future.The United Nations techniques of peacekeeping and negotiating is widely recognized and supported.Therefore, an evaluation of UNEF’s experiences by identifying the nature of UNEF in its legal and theoretical orientation as well as evaluating its practical contribution to international politics may provide insights into various important problems for the United Nations.

Advisor: Willard N. Hogan