Election to the Security Council is prestigious for member states because it gives them a seat at the highest table of global decision-making.
UN agencies could play a role in improving training programmes for peacekeepers who help women.
Interviews with Rwandan women from the military who had served on peacekeeping missions found many felt ill-equipped for what they had to deal with.
He left an enduring legacy of embedding democracy and involving civil society in the pursuit of peace.
Conflict patterns in Africa have changed rapidly in recent years posing a challenge to peace and security.
South Africa must position itself to play a decisive role in shaping a new world order as the theUS retreats from global leadership.
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.