The Global Peace Operations Review is an interactive web-portal presenting in-depth analysis and detailed data on military peacekeeping operations and civilian-led political missions by the United Nations, regional organizations and ad-hoc coalitions. The web-portal is a product of the New York University Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and a continuation of CIC’s long-standing print publications the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations and the Review of Political Missions.

Providing the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to peacekeeping, conflict prevention, and post-conflict peacebuilding, the Review aims to initiate and inform discussions on the comparative advantages and appropriateness of different missions, and to further strengthen existing partnerships necessary for them to succeed.

Through the Country & Regional Profile pages, the Review provides background information and regularly updated key developments on peace operations and the country contexts they operate in. The analysis is further enhanced by the provision of detailed data on each of the UN’s peace operations, and headline data on missions fielded by regional organizations and ad hoc missions, which can be accessed in full through the Data & Trends section. The Strategic Summary provides an overview of main developments in mission settings over the past year and presents analysis on trends and what impact these may have on shaping peace operations of the future. Thematic essays presented in the In Focus section unpack issues critical to peace operations in providing analysis and guidance on possible approaches. The Library section enables readers to download full text pdf files of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations (2006-2012) and the Review of Political Missions (2010-2012).

Scope of the Global Peace Operations Review

The Review covers more than one hundred multilateral peace operations active in the previous year including missions fielded by the UN, AU, EU, ECOWAS, OSCE, OAS and other coalitions. The Review uses a broad definition of peace operations that includes multilateral and ad hoc military and police missions, as well as civilian led political missions. Neither type of mission has a simple definition. Alongside more straightforward peacekeeping missions, the Review, mindful of the need for peace operations to adjust to the changing nature of conflict, also includes peace enforcement operations that employ the use of force and engage in active combat.

Under political missions, we include multilateral civilian-led missions that have political engagement in the form of launching and supporting political processes at their core. This includes, for example, the EU’s Special Representatives and the African Union Liaison Offices that support the implementation of peace agreements and accompany political processes. We have excluded missions, such as EU delegations and other liaison offices that may engage in political activities, but as their core function serve more as regular diplomatic or developmental presences. Along the same reasoning, we have also excluded election observer and human rights monitoring missions.


The project is undertaken with the support of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Department of Political Affairs and UN Department of Field Support, the African Union Peace and Security Department, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Secretariat, the Organization of American States’ Department of Democratic Sustainability and Special Missions, and NATO’s Civilian Liaison Office to the UN.

Submissions for the Global Peace Operations Review

The Global Peace Operations Review (GPOR) publishes articles and commentaries on subjects relating to the spectrum of issues surrounding global peace and security. This includes civilian-led peacemaking and peacebuilding as well as uniformed peacekeeping by the United Nations, regional organizations and ad-hoc coalitions. GPOR aims to contribute to the effectiveness of all peace operations. It aims to provide for policymakers, analysts, and academics the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding. In doing so, we seek to integrate thematic and cross-cutting issues including, but not limited to, the women, peace and security agenda and countering violent extremism.

We encourage submission from practitioners, researchers, journalists, and academics. All articles are subject to a rigorous internal peer-review process before publication. Specialized or highly technical articles will be sent to external reviewers. They are also professionally edited for clarity, length, and to ensure consistency of style. We are committed to publishing a range of disciplinary and global perspectives, although we retain the right to reject any contributions if we conclude they do not contribute to our objectives or meet our standards.

There are four types of submissions:

1. Essays

An essay is about 3,000 words in length on a topic relating to issues global peace and security. These are longer pieces that present analysis a situation or issue, providing a unique perspective on its impact on peace operations. These pieces should be in a non-academic format, accessible to a wide range of readers, and are encouraged to reference earlier contributions. Our style is to use hyperlinks and not footnotes.

2. Commentaries

A commentary is not more than 1,000 words in length and provides an opinion on an event or issues relating to peace and security. This is a non-academic article intended to provoke thought and debate.

3. Research Reports

A research report is a longer submission that focuses on broader global peace and security issues. These are considered on a case-by-case basis.

4. Interviews

GPOR also hosts interviews with practitioners from the peace and security field. We do not have a specific book review section, but relevant publications are often discussed through interviews.

Examples of publications can be found on the GPOR site. Those writing for the GPOR should use the Economist Style Guide.

If you are interested in making a contribution, please send Paige Arthur (sa168@nyu.edu) an email with a brief overview of the paper, the preferred format, and a proposed timeline.


The Center on International Cooperation is solely responsible for the content of this website. Any errors of fact or analysis, and any and all judgments and interpretations about missions and operations discussed herein, are those of CIC alone.