7 charts that show how peacekeeping is changing 

French soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso patrol in Timbuktu, Mali, November 5, 2014. If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells. So this month a column of soldiers from France, Burkina Faso and Mali, in armoured vehicles and pick-up trucks, churned toward a village north of Timbuktu where herders water camels and goats. They were looking for signs of infiltration by militants who 5need water as much as the locals do and aim to convert villages to their ideology. Picture taken November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST) - GM1EABL1S0M01

There are calls for UN peacekeepers to employ more force against combatants that might otherwise threaten them. Image: REUTERS/Joe Penney

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