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UN Mediation and the Politics of Transition after Constitutional Crises

Charles T. Call
Date Published: 
February 22, 2012

While the United Nations has extensive experience in helping to mediate the end to civil wars and implement peace agreements, its experience with non-civil-war transition crises is comparatively limited. This study examines the UN experience in five cases of unconstitutional changes in government between 2008-2011: Kenya, Mauritania, Guinea, Madagascar, and Kyrgyzstan.  The study examines some of the trends across these five cases, drawing lessons learned regarding transitional political arrangements and international mediation.

Security-Sector Reform Applied: Nine Ways to Move from Policy to Implementation

Rory Keane
Mark Downes
Date Published: 
February 16, 2012

Security sector reform (SSR) remains a relatively new and evolving concept, one that brings together practitioners and academics from many different backgrounds. The application of SSR differs from one context to the other, each with its own complications.

However, most of the writing on SSR has a policy focus rather than dealing with the practical issues of implementation. Not much focuses on the “little secrets and skills” required to practically apply SSR policy in post-conflict settings.

Clinton: Not enough women in peacekeeping

Published February 5, 2012 by UPI
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MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- More women should be involved in the international peacekeeping process, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday in Munich, Germany.

In remarks made at a breakfast held in support of women in international security, Clinton said not enough women's voices are being heard.

Security Council Cross-Cutting Report: Women, Peace and Security

Date Published: 
January 27, 2012

This is Security Council Report’s second Cross-Cutting Report on Women, Peace and Security. The first report examined the first ten years that women, peace and security was on the Security Council agenda. Resolution 1325, passed in 2000, recognised that civilians, especially women and children, make up the

Partnerships — A New Horizon for Peacekeeping?

Francesco Mancini
Adam C. Smith
Date Published: 
January 26, 2012

What role do partnerships play in forming a global peacekeeping system that can respond effectively and predictably to today’s security challenges? This special issue of the journal International Peacekeeping addresses the political, strategic, and operational challenges inherent in partnerships and proposes strategies for addressing them.

The introduction, by IPI Research Fellow Adam C. Smith, provides a summary of the key themes. In the conclusion, IPI’s Senior Director for Research, Francesco Mancini, proposes a framework for making partnerships more manageable.

Review of Political Missions 2011

Date Published: 
January 2, 2012

A growing number of political missions work throughout the world to mediate conflicts, devise and monitor peace agreements, and promote good governance, without significant police or military presences.  The first edition, Review of Political Missions 2010, the first comprehensive effort to chart the role of these missions, quickly found its way to policymakers at the UN and in governments, academics and journalists– an effort helped by launches in Berlin, Geneva, Oslo and Washington, D.C.

New York Seminar Report: Multilateral Strategies for Conflict Prevention

Christoph Mikulaschek
Paul Romita
Date Published: 
December 15, 2011

Ten years ago the UN Secretary-General pledged to intensify efforts to move from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention. In 2005, heads of state and government at the UN World Summit solemnly renewed their commitment “to promote a culture of prevention of armed conflict.”

PMC in U.N. Operations? It Depends

Published November 30, 2011 by Huffington Post
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For many years now supporters of private military and security contracting firms (PMSC) have argued that they can play a useful role in United Nations peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations.

Shaky Foundations: An Assessment of the UN's Rule of Law Support Agenda

Camino Kavanagh
Bruce Jones
Date Published: 
December 1, 2011

As the UN has grappled with the recurrence of civil war, the spread of organized crime, and rise of extremism, it has placed an increasing focus on the rule of law as the overarching objective for its engagements. This is an important conceptual shift, and one that has generated new forms of engagement and opportunities for the UN.

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