The Enduring Legitimacy of UN Peace Operations

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) The Enduring Legitimacy of UN Peace Operations By Jim Della-Giacoma June 24, 2015 The HIPPO-report is not as revolutionary as the August 2000 Brahimi Report, but it proposes “new important ideas for old problems” as well as a “long list of technocratic fixes”. In particular, the importance of special political missions in mediating crises should be better recognized: The “blue suits” are a diverse tool, and the demand for them will likely increase. Read...

UN Panel Says Peacekeeper Immunity Cannot Equal Impunity

Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti UN Panel Says Peacekeeper Immunity Cannot Equal Impunity Press release June 23, 2015 The Panel fails to address the numerous requests received by civil society group to highlight the need for broader accountability of peacekeepers. While sexual exploitation and abuse is a treated topic, the stated principle of “immunity must not mean impunity” does not extend to harm suffered by individuals outside of the SEA context. The recommendation to carry out periodic environmental impact assessments of peace operations is favorable, but mechanisms to deal with past harms is necessary. Read...

From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta: a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest

PassBlue From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta: a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest By Peter Nadin June 23, 2015 The HIPPO-reports reiterates many of the recommendations brought up by Brahimi 15 years ago – a necessary reminder for the short memory of the UN member states and Secretariat. The report’s “mantra” of prioritizing political solutions is welcoming, as the common response to crises of the UN Security Council with heavy peacekeeping missions has limited gains. The recommended unified UN doctrine is unlikely to emerge due to national caveats, but clarity should still be established on how mandates can best be defended. Lastly, strengthening mission leadership is an essential step in improving future peace operations. Read...

The UN Panel on Peace Operations: Getting the Politics Right?

Global Peace Operations Review, Center on International Cooperation (CIC) The UN Panel on Peace Operations: Getting the Politics Right? By Jim Della-Giacoma June 22, 2015 The HIPPO-report’s recommendations remain hurt by the panel’s modesty. While the report reiterates an important call to increase and concretize partnerships, its support remains too moderate. The size of the panel might have affected the cohesiveness of some ideas, leaving attempts to draw red lines – smudged. Furthermore, while the collective “insider” experience of the panel provides a bureaucratic detail not found in previous reports, it might sometimes result in too technocratic recommendations that might have little resonance outside the UN. Success is however left to be determined by the member states, with a window of change opening up with the handover from one SG to the next. Read...

Technical Fixes Not Enough to Shore up U.N. Peacekeeping

World Politics Review Technical Fixes Not Enough to Shore up U.N. Peacekeeping By Richard Gowan June 22, 2015 The panel has provided a “subtly subversive summary of” everything that is wrong at the UN today, and how the organizations lacks unity over how to mandate and manage peace operations. With recommendations targeting a broad audience, its frankness about political issues might irritate and cause discomfort to many different stakeholders. The upcoming implementation report of the Secretary General will likely focus on the technical messages of the report, such as the proposal to establish a new system of vanguard contingents and suggestions for improving logistics and administration, attempting to translate these into practically feasible action. Read...
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