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The search for professional peacekeepers

Published July 2, 2012 by The Jakarta Post
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About 300 soldiers gathered in an auditorium recently to watch a documentary on the history of the nation’s famed peacekeeping unit, the Garuda Contingent, which was first deployed to the Congo during that nation’s civil war in 1957.

Security Council Cross Cutting Report: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Date Published: 
June 12, 2012

This is Security Council Report’s fifth Cross-Cutting Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict following the publication of our first such report in October 2008. With this report we continue to systematically track the Security Council’s involvement in the protection of civilians since it first emerged as a separate thematic topic in 1999. The report looks at relevant developments at the thematic level since our last cross-cutting report and analyses Council action in country-specific situations relating to the protection of civilians, highlighting the case of Syria.

Op-Ed: Clearing the Bad Rap -- In Defense of UN Peacekeeping Operations

Published June 12, 2012 by World Policy Institute Blog
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MOGADISHU—The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) got off to a rocky start. The fledgling AU Peace Operation has been in existence since January 2007. Still, as late as last year, al-Shaabab (Somalia’s al-Qaida linked militants) held much of the capital Mogadishu, the port city of Kismayo (the militants’ lifeline), and large swaths of the southern and central portions of the country. Finally, it now seems that AMISOM is turning the tide.

Op-Ed: Kofi Annan's Syrian strategy echoes past failures in Bosnia and Rwanda

Published June 1, 2012 by The Guardian
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This is not the first time Kofi Annan has found himself charged with maintaining the decorum of polite international diplomacy against a background of mass murder.

Engaging Nonstate Armed Groups on the Protection of Children: Towards Strategic Complementarity

Author(s): 
Jérémie Labbé
Reno Meyer
Date Published: 
May 15, 2012

This issue brief provides an overview of the legal, political, and operational frameworks protecting children from the effects of armed conflict, notably from violations by nonstate armed groups. The UN Secretary-General has repeatedly emphasized the need to “more consistently and effectively engage non-State armed groups in order to improve their compliance with the law,” including international human rights and international humanitarian law.

Transition Compacts: Lessons from UN Experiences

Author(s): 
Rachel Locke
Vanessa Wyeth
Date Published: 
May 15, 2012

This meeting note captures the proceedings at a seminar on November 2, 2011 on “Transition Compacts: Lessons from UN Experiences.” The seminar sought to learn from previous agreements on peacebuilding and development priorities between national governments and international partners in fragile and conflict-affected states.

During the meeting, the International Peace Institute presented a study on United Nations experiences with this first generation of “transition compacts,” a summary of which is included at the end of this note.

Liberia, U.K., Indonesian leaders to head UN panel

Published May 10, 2012 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will head a panel to advise the United Nations on global development beyond 2015, the world body said on Wednesday.

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UN peacekeepers receive thumbs up for greening the environment

Published May 10, 2012 by Ghana Business News
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A new desk research report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),  at the beginning of the month of May, has lauded United Nations peacekeepers for progress they have chalked in reducing their environmental impact.

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