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Can the African Union help South Sudan? |

Jim Della-Giacoma

The people of South Sudan is suffering under a terrible man-made catastrophe where millions have fled from their homes and many face starvation. Ending the three-year-old civil war is the first step to solve the crisis, but negotiations, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have faltered. Over the last year the violence ha Read More...


Canada’s training plan for UN troops will be a departure from classic peacekeeping |

Murray Brewster

A major component of the Liberal government's plan to return Canada to peacekeeping involves using Canadian soldiers to train and mentor other, less experienced United Nations forces, say defence and government sources. The strategy, which would possibly be employed in some of the most dangerous parts of Africa, is a departure from traditional pea Read More...


Non-international armed conflicts and the UN Security Council |

Non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) are now the dominant form of contemporary warfare, substantially outnumbering traditional inter-state armed conflicts (IACs). UN Security Council practice is not a source generally cited as evidence of norms regulating NIACs. Descriptions of the Council as an essentially “political” body have been used Read More...


Restructuring the Peace and Security Pillar of the UN Secretariat |

Sarah Cliffe

Alexandra Novosseloff

The United Nations’ peace and security pillar has prevented the recurrence of conflict and protected civilians in many countries around the world. However, the peace and security architecture now faces deep challenges, with three reviews in 2015 pointing to the need for organizational reform. In one of his first decisions, the new Secretary-Gener Read More...


When Women Wear Blue Helmets |

Devon Haynie

A 14-year-old pulled into the grass and gang raped as she walked by a United Nations base. An 18-year-old asking troops for money, only to be dragged into the bush and sexually assaulted. It's been a rough year for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, with more allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation seeming to tri Read More...


Etat des lieux et défis de l’action de l’ONU en faveur de maintien de la paix |

Alexandra Novosseloff

            Table d’Hote de l’UFE Union des Français de l’Etranger présent un Diner conférence avec: Dr Alexandra Novosseloff Senior Visiting Fellow Center on International Cooperation New York University « Etat des lieux et défis de l’action de l’ONU en faveur du maintien de la paix Read More...


New Trends in United Nations-led Peacekeeping: Canadian and Global Perspectives |

Jim Della-Giacoma

Alexandra Novosseloff

On Friday, October 21, McGill University in partnership with the Universite de Montreal will given an event titled "New trends in UN-led peace operations, Canadian and global perspectives", which will explore the expansion of peacekeeping mandates: protection of civilians and robust peacekeeping. An event agena and list of speakers is provided be Read More...


Peacekeepers need to protect civilians, says Defence Minister Sajjan |

Lee Berthiaume

OTTAWA—Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says protecting civilians — by force if needed — will be central to any Canadian peacekeeping mission in Africa, and that Canada will expect troops from partner countries to operate on the same principle. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Sajjan said he is concerned that despite having “robust Read More...


With UN peacekeeping missions steeped in scandal, Canada looks to re-engage and keep its soul |

Richard Warnica

Jacob Kathman takes a Moneyball approach to political science. He studies huge data sets on things like civilian deaths in civil war and international military intervention. As a political scientist at the State University of New York in Buffalo, Kathman has spent most of the past decade using that big data to puzzle out issues tied to global peace Read More...


ONU : quelle succession à Ban Ki-moon ? |

Alexandra Novosseloff

Ban Ki-moon quittera ses fonctions de secrétaire général à la fin de l’année. La campagne de succession bat son plein. Son successeur sera-t-il une femme ? Quelle zone géographique sera privilégiée dans cette succession ? Regard sur l’ONU, le bilan de Ban Ki-moon et les défis qui attendent le prochain secrétaire général de l’Org Read More...


The impressive rise in global teamwork |

Center on International Cooperation

In just the past year, the world community has signed a climate-change pact, made advances in curbing nuclear weapons, moved closer toward mega-regional trade deals, and set goals to end poverty based on previous progress. And it has improved its governance of cyberspace, pandemics, and the global financial system. Welcome to the worldwide web – Read More...


India’s Chabahar Conundrum |

WPS Sidhu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tehran—the second by a leader from an emerging power after sanctions were lifted (though months after Xi Jinping’s January visit)—has three primary objectives: first, to diversify (and increase) India’s oil and gas supplies; second, to enhance connectivity and trade with Afghanistan, Central Asia an Read More...


We can contribute more to US debate on our region |

Elsina Wainwright

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented a forward-looking conception of the Australia-US alliance on his recent visit to Washington DC. In his two major addresses he honoured battles fought side by side, explained his optimism about the future and described new opportunities, from embracing disruption to crafting a cyber security framework. Com Read More...


United Nations tries transparency in finding new secretary general |

Melissa Kent

Ban Ki-moon's term as United Nations chief is nearly up, and there is every indication the process for choosing a new secretary general will look a lot different this time around. There have been growing calls from inside and outside the organization, including strong criticism from civil society, to make the selection process for UN chief more in Read More...


What drives South Asians to peacekeeping? |

WPS Sidhu

Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal are among the top contributors to UN peacekeeping missions across the world. But what factors are driving these relatively poor nations to send troops to work under the UN flag? Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal are among the top contributors to UN peacekeeping missions across the world. But what factors a Read More...


China can help UN peacekeeping strategically |

Jim Della-Giacoma

- - - - China can help UN peacekeeping respond strategically to conflicts, through both practical and political solutions, said Jim Della-Giacoma, deputy director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, in a recent interview with Xinhua. - Della-Giacoma said the headline news from the recent UN Peacekeeping Summit Read More...


As UN peacekeeping veers toward counterterror, US steps in |

Jim Della-Giacoma

Along a quiet cease-fire line in Cyprus, U.N. peacekeepers handle an increasingly old-fashioned job: actually keeping the peace. The last deadly incident was in 1996. Today's challenges include keeping poachers and rogue farmers out of no man's land. "Most of the time we don't wear weapons," said the force commander, Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund. In som Read More...