The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
Hammarskjöld lasting legacy was to develop the secretary-general’s political role, as the UN found its way through the Cold War.
Intervention in Cabo Delgado is a potentially dangerous move with far-reaching consequences for SADC if its efforts fail, or it becomes a protracted intervention.
Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.
Some 5,000 National Guardsmen will stay in Washington to protect the Capitol into March, according to the Pentagon. The Guard is seen as a reliable peacekeeping force – but it wasn’t always that way.
Besides the misalignment of its resources, design, equipment and its additional roles, the military has also been hobbled by misappropriation of funds.
Peacekeeping had been in decline before COVID-19, but they are vital tools in the UN’s armoury.
South Africa’s post-apartheid leaders have failed to properly prepare the military for secondary roles such as peacekeeping, let alone to a fight a virus.
Nigeria’s pre-eminent position in Africa, lost to corruption and political patronage over the years, can be regained by putting its house in order.
Local peacebuilders must step up to the plate with support from their counterparts in the international community.
The South African National Defence Force has suffered from terrible neglect over the past 25 years of democracy.
The country has suspended the rotation of peacekeeping troops in a move to manage the pandemic.
Drones could help United Nations peacekeepers save civilians’ lives – but there are obstacles.
The independent strategic review, now before the Security Council, recognises many of the challenges ahead. But it appears overly sanguine about what can be achieved within a three-year period.
At the Sochi summit, African states embraced Russia's newly established relations.
Using the military continuously in internal roles for which it is not structured, funded or trained simply speeds up its decline.
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.
The killing of protesters by the Sudanese military signifies its reluctance to hand over power, as demanded by the African Union.
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.