Organizational Aspects of Peacekeeping Forces

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My work on peace-keeping forces has focused on an organizational issue: how do members of different national cultures and military traditions learn to work together. This work draws upon scholarly studies of multi-national corporations to suggest the mechanisms for cooperation, coordination and functioning that characterize such operations. Since there are Japanese soldiers and officers stationed in Israel (on the Golan Heights in the north of the country) this project has also allowed me to integrate my interest in Japan with work on peace-keeping. Along these lines, one dimension of my writing in this area has focused on the peculiar Japanese contribution to these military forces. This project was carried out with a social-psychologist and an organizational-studies scholar.

Publications

Efrat Elron, Eyal Ben-Ari and Boas Shamir) Why Don’t They Fight Each Other? Cultural Diversity and Operational Unity in Multinational Forces Armed Forces and Society 26(1): 73-98, 1999.

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Eyal Ben-Ari and Efrat Elron Blue Helmets and White Armor: Multi-Nationalism and Multi-Culturalism Among UN Peacekeeping Forces. City and Society 13(2): 271-302, 2002.

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Efrat Elron, Nir Halevy, Eyal Ben-Ari and Boas Shamir Cooperation and coordination across cultures in peacekeeping forces: Individual and organizational integrating mechanisms. In Thomas W. Britt and Amy B. Adler (eds.): The Psychology of the Peacekeeper: Lessons from the Field. Westport: Greenwood Publishing. Pp. 261-282, 2003.