The United States is the cornerstone of international peace and security. Through our robust military might and generous humanitarian aid, the U.S. is a force for opportunity and stability in an often troubled world. The responsibility for responding to global crises, however, should not be borne by the American taxpayer alone. Increasingly, UN peacekeeping is being chosen by the United States and other UN member states to respond to instability and conflict.
UN peacekeeping currently constitutes the largest deployed military force in the world, with more than 120,000 personnel serving on 16 missions. While in the past, UN peacekeeping was mainly dispatched to monitor ceasefire situations, the size, purpose—indeed, the very nature—of UN peacekeeping has experienced a dramatic shift in recent years, particularly since the end of the Cold War.
For this reason, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) are forming the Congressional Peacekeeping Caucus.
The Congressional Peacekeeping Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations and their impact upon U.S. foreign policy and national security interests. The Caucus will provide a forum where Members can explore promising new approaches like the use of unarmed aerial vehicles within operations and discuss the benefits and challenges of responding more forcefully and proactively to threats.