Views from Peace Operations Experts

Peacemaking and Inclusive Politics

Peacemaking and Inclusive Politics

At the current juncture, the main challenge for UN peace operations is to reconnect mission activities to the crucial role of peacemaking. The complexity of contemporary violent conflicts necessitates a heightened focus on mediation and political facilitation aimed at helping the parties solve their fundamental differences in a non-violent manner. Providing such assistance in a timely and appropriate manner should be the primary objective of UN peace operations and serve as a guiding principle for the fulfillment of other more specific tasks in the mandate.

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Community Engagement for Protection

Community Engagement for Protection

Civilians are the main stakeholders of UN peace operations. They have the most to gain from their successes and the most to lose from their failures. Whilst community engagement was mentioned in the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) report and in the subsequent Secretary-General’s Plan of Action, it has yet to go beyond mere rhetoric.

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As Conflicts Multiply, Peacekeeping Confronts an Identity Crisis

As Conflicts Multiply, Peacekeeping Confronts an Identity Crisis

The New York Times As Conflicts Multiply, Peacekeeping Confronts an Identity Crisis By Somini Sengupta 16th September 2015 70th years since the inception of the organization, UN peacekeeping is facing an identity crisis. While the report of the HIPPO and the Secretary-General outline important recommendations, fixing the problem will not be easy. With so little time left of the Secretary-General’s tenure, the necessary changes will have to implemented by his successor. Read more... read more

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