Interviews

Sabrina Karim: Making UN peacekeeping more effective by removing barriers to women’s participation |

Sabrina Karim

In their new book Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley go beyond the headlines on sexual exploitation and the numbers of women’s participation to ask how the culture of UN peacekeeping needs to change if gender equality in peace operations is to become an attainable go Read More...


Cedric de Coning: Adapting the UN Peacekeeping Doctrine to Stabilization Missions, Protection of Civilians mandates and New Threats |

Cedric de Coning

In this book, UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era: Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats, edited by Cedric de Coning, Chiyuki Aoi and John Karlsrud, the contributors examine the new challenges facing UN peacekeeping operations and question whether it is necessary for the UN to revise its doctrine to reflect the way peacekeeping ha Read More...


Olof Skoog: Sweden is Preparing for an Active Two Years on the Council |

Olof Skoog

Jim Della-Giacoma

Gizem Sucuoglu

Sweden joins the UN Security Council in January with the daunting task of immediately assuming its presidency. It is a time of great change and uncertainty at the United Nations with not only a new Secretary-General taking over at the same time but also a new administration in the United States that many observers fear could be hostile to the inter Read More...


Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé: Evaluating the success and failure of UN peacekeeping missions |

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brulé

Alexandra Novosseloff

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé’s book “Evaluating Peacekeeping Missions: A Typology of Success and Failure in International Interventions” proposes a new definition of the success of a peace operation based on two crucial elements: the reestablishment of order and the accomplishment of the mandate. It explains the different outcomes of UN peace Read More...


El Ghassim Wane: “Les Nations Unies s’adaptent à leur environnement sécuritaire à travers des formules créatives” |

Alexandra Novosseloff

El Ghassim Wane

El Ghassim Wane of Mauritania has been appointed on December 3rd by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. He was previously the Director of the Peace and Security Department at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa since 2009. At the Global Peace Operations Review, we thou Read More...


Emily Paddon Rhoads: “Taking Sides”: The Challenges of Impartiality in UN Peacekeeping Operations |

Emily Paddon Rhoads

Jason Stearns

Alexandra Novosseloff

Emily Paddon Rhoads’ book “Taking Sides in Peacekeeping: Impartiality and the Future of the United Nations” is an important study of the meaning, reality, and consequences of impartiality for peacekeepers. The issue of impartiality is one of the core principles of UN peacekeeping, but it is also one of the most challenging for those on the gr Read More...


Cedric de Coning: The Evolution of UN Peacebuilding from Technical Challenges to Political Solutions |

Cedric de Coning

The recently adopted landmark General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the United Nations peacebuilding architecture tasks the entire UN system to work together to prioritize efforts to sustain peace in all its engagements. As the UN moves forward to the implementation phase of the resolutions, Cedric de Coning and Eli Stamnes’ new bo Read More...


Syed Akbaruddin: UN Peacekeeping is About Politics, not Troop Numbers |

Syed Akbaruddin

India has a long history of UN peacekeeping and in recent months it has been the second largest contributor of troops. After last year’s reports and the recent round of debates on the future of peace operations and peacebuilding, the Global Peace Operations Review asked India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Syed Akba Read More...


Understanding Protection of Civilians as a Core Obligation |

Haidi Willmot

Ralph Mamiya

Scott Sheeran

The High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) in calling for new approaches concluded that the Protection of Civilians (PoC) was a core obligation of the United Nations, but also noted that expectations and capabilities needed to converge. While significant progress has been made in promoting norms and frameworks for the Protection o Read More...


PSC Interview: Creating Peaceful Cross-Border Spaces |

Aguibou Diarrah

African borders and their lack of clear demarcation have been identified as one of the root causes of conflict on the continent. The African Union’s Border Programme (AUPB) works toward reducing this conflict risk. The PSC Report spoke to Ambassador Aguibou Diarrah, head of the AUPB in the Peace and Security Department. What is the Border Progr Read More...


Louise Olsson: We Need to Push for a More Gender-Equal Peace |

Louise Olsson

The women, peace, and security agenda is often treated as one coherent process when in it is a myriad of questions and challenges each demanding different responses. The Folke Bernadotte Academy’s Louise Olsson is the co-editor a book entitled Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325. The Global Peace Operation Read More...


Disputed Elections top the list of the AU’s Early Warning for 2016 |

Frederic Ngoga Gateretse

The African Union (AU) has made an effort to prevent conflict through early warning, but this has turned out to be a formidable task. The PSC Report spoke to Ambassador Frederic Ngoga Gateretse, Head of the Early Warning and Conflict Prevention Division in the AU Peace and Security Department. PSC Report: There are various crises that erupt in A Read More...


Mogens Lykketoft : The Challenge Facing the UN in Peace and Security is how to be and be seen as truly relevant |

Mogens Lykketoft

“The UN needs urgently to keep pace with evolving challenges and threats to international security from climate change to violent extremism and terrorism and beyond.” H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft is the President of the 70th session of the General. One of his key initiatives upon assuming office was to propose a collective reflection on the key p Read More...


PSC interview: ‘We’re asking too much from the AU’ |

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah

Veteran Mauritanian mediator Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah was the United Nations (UN) special representative to Burundi (in the early 1990s), Sudan and Somalia, and headed the UN Office for West Africa. The PSC Report asked him how successful the African Union (AU) is in dealing with conflicts in Africa. There are a number of conflicts on the continent Read More...


Cedric de Coning: A Unique Model of African Peace Operations |

Cedric de Coning

We hope the book will “encourage the recognition that African peace operations are unique, and not just deficient UN peace operations. Africa does not need saviors, but partners…Those that still base their relationship with the AU around capacity-building and development need to adapt to the fact that any relationship with the AU today should b Read More...


“Good Offices” Means Taking Risks |

Tamrat Samuel

"You can’t expect us to be of any help if we can’t speak to everyone involved. You may treat them as terrorists but if you want peace, you are going to have to bring those people on board." I Tamrat Samuel recently stepped down from his post as Deputy SRSG (Rule of Law) for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), but before taking part in this pea Read More...


Fog of Peace: UN Peacekeeping needs to focus more on political strategy and less on troops |

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

"When it comes to helping a country in crisis there are several tools, the most important one being the most immaterial: the political one. " Distinguished former Under Secretary-General of Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno shares his insight on the current state of UN peacekeeping in an interview with CIC Senior Visiting Fellow Alexand Read More...


Oxford Handbook tells the History of UN Peacekeeping’s Successes and Failures |

Alexandra Novosseloff

"The central message of the Handbook is that peacekeeping is much more successful than we all assume."     The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (2015) provides in-depth analysis of all UN peacekeeping operations since 1948 until 2013 as well as thematic chapters on UN and non-UN peacekeeping trends and develo Read More...


A Message from Peaceland : Change the Way UN Peace Operations Interact with Local Actors |

Séverine Autesserre

"Local people should be in the driver’s seat, with international interveners advising from the back seat." | In her book Peaceland, political scientist Séverine Autesserre (Barnard College, Columbia University) analyzes the everyday practices, narratives and habits of interveners in peace operations and how these often-unconscious factors infl Read More...


Reflections on a career in peace operations |

Karin Landgren

"The death of two staff members to Ebola was my most difficult moment" I I Karin Landgren was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) overseeing the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) when in 2014 the Ebola epidemic struck the West African nation. Landgren calls it her most challenging time over a long and distinguished internation Read More...