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Broadening the Base of United Nations Troop- and Police-Contributing Countries

Author(s): 
Alex J. Bellamy
Paul Williams
Date Published: 
September 13, 2012

This report represents the first of a series of publications stemming from the Providing for Peacekeeping project, a partnership with IPI, Griffith University, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Large number of soldiers being deputed as UN peacekeepers

Published September 13, 2012 by Business Recorder, Pakistan
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Pakistan has registered a substantial growth in services sector trade with growing number of Army personnel being deputed with UN peacekeeping missions abroad. This was disclosed at the second day of fifth economic summit hosted by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

The Role of UN Peacekeeping Missions in the Protection of Civilians

Date Published: 
September 4, 2012

The UN Security Council’s (UNSC) role, to maintain international security, includes protecting civilians in armed conflict. Made explicit in 2009, the UNSC noted that "the deliberate targeting of civilians… may constitute a threat to international peace and security, and [the UNSC] reaffirms… its readiness to consider such situations and, where necessary, to adopt appropriate steps."

UN Peacekeeping Transitions: Perspectives from Member States

Date Published: 
September 4, 2012

This issue brief addresses the nature and timing of peacekeeping transitions, paying particular attention to the perspectives of UN member states and decisions by the Security Council. In light of the impending drawdown or reconfiguration of a number of peacekeeping missions, it identifies a resurgent interest among member states in the challenges posed by peacekeeping transitions.

Amid much debate over the financing of peacekeeping missions and responsibility for peacekeeping versus peacebuilding, the report makes a number of recommendations for member states to consider:

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.

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