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UN Integration and Humanitarian Space

Victoria Metcalfe
Alison Giffen
Samir Elhawary
Date Published: 
March 12, 2012

For over two decades, the United Nations has sought to create greater coherence within the UN system. UN integration is part of this push - an attempt to maximise the impact of UN efforts to consolidate peace in conflict and post-conflict states.  The benefits and risks of UN integration for humanitarian action have been subject to intense debate. Some UN humanitarian staff, and many staff in non-UN humanitarian organisations, remain sceptical that UN integration can benefit humanitarian action.

UN proposes budget cuts in peacekeeping operations

Published February 25, 2012 by Sudan Tribune
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February 25, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations (UN) has proposed a 7.8% reduction in its global peacekeeping operations citing the difficult financial situation of several member countries, a senior official said.

Interview: The "Responsibility To Protect" In Syria And Beyond

Published February 6, 2012 by Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio
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After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, world leaders vowed that such mass atrocities could never be allowed to happen again. In 2005, the U.N. adopted the Responsibility to Protect, a set of principles to guide the response of the international community if a government fails to protect its population.

UN to cut peacekeeping bill

Published February 9, 2012 by Independent Online, South Africa
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The United Nations hopes to cut one billion dollars off its peacekeeping budget this year as it seeks to close or shrink many missions, a top UN official said Wednesday.  With major powers pressing for spending cuts, the East Timor peacekeeping mission is expected to close by the end of 2012 and Haiti, Liberia and possibly Darfur could face reductions, said Herve Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping.

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.

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