Can Data Save U.N. Peacekeeping?

By Adam Day

In recent years, the people of South Sudan have simultaneously endured conflict and high levels of food insecurity. Here, a Mongolian peacekeeper serving with the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, provides security as the UN World Food Programme drops relief supplies in Bentiu, South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

Does international peacekeeping protect civilians caught up in civil wars? Do the 16,000 United Nations peacekeepers deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo actually save lives, and if so how many? Did the 9,000 patrols conducted by the U.N. Mission in South Sudan in the past three months protect civilians there?