It's all too easy to miss the point about sex work in areas hit by conflict and disaster. How about listening to the people who experience it?
Survival sex – the exchange of sexual favours for aid packets – happens in refugee camps everywhere. Victims are not protected by international human rights law.
Official reasons for joining the Somalia mission were that the conflict posed a security risk. But in fact other factors played a bigger role.
Countries affected by prolonged periods of cyber warfare need peacekeeping assistance to recover.
The military is not tactically trained for community protection and crime fighting and South Africa should not deploy soldiers in urban communities.
Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.
By not acknowledging what Haitians themselves think they need, the UN is failing to sort out one of its worst ever blunders.
A former US diplomat explains why some programs may make sense to cut, while others are crucial to America's moral standing.
South Africa's army is in a dire situation because the government hasn't provided sufficient funding over the past two decades, hampering its ability to fulfil its duty.
Several countries across Africa are overburdened by a lack of space and financial support for refugees.
Peacekeeping is not easy. But for South Africa's universities to begin working towards solutions, it is crucial that their communities give peace a chance.
Even the UN Security Council's most stubborn members have committed to defending South Sudan's residents against violence.
The violence and instability that wracks South Sudan is profoundly gendered.
There's no doubt it was time for the United Nations mission in Liberia to end. But there are some gaps in the country's plan to move on without the men and women in blue helmets.
The UN might now apologise for poisoning scores of Roma people in Kosovo – but its role in Haiti's cholera disaster still goes unacknowledged.
Robert Sobukwe developed the philosophy of African nationalism to even higher intellectual heights. The lesson for humanity was his ideological stand that there is only one race - the human race.
One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
The South African military's capabilities for socio-economic development are questionable, even in its own country. The force is in critical decline, but is expected to aid humanitarian efforts.
A UN report has found that in half of 12 country studies done on child sexual exploitation during armed conflict, the arrival of peacekeeping troops resulted in a rapid rise in child prostitution.
The UN has repeatedly failed to hold its personnel accountable for crimes committed in the field. But there are signs that could be changing at last.