- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict, peace and security
- Peace and development
Data from the SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database for 2000–2010 shows that Africa was not the most dangerous region to deploy peacekeepers. Similarly, UN peacekeeping operations were much safer than NATO and NATO-led operations or ad hoc coalitions.
It seems that other factors, such as a mission’s character, context, and security and protection measures, better explain the lethality of a mission. The fear of peacekeeper casualties cannot be used to justify Western countries not contributing to missions in Africa or to UN peacekeeping operations. More openly acknowledging an absence of national interest would be a more legitimate explanation.