Peacekeeping missions grab the headlines when they’re associated with tragedy and death – but that isn’t their full story.
The UN voted to extend its presence in South Sudan for another year. However, its success in the country faces many challenges.
Kiir and Machar have been pivotal figures in most of South Sudan’s short history as an independent nation.
Peacekeeping had been in decline before COVID-19, but they are vital tools in the UN’s armoury.
Canada sees itself as a peacekeeper and an independent voice in global affairs. The recent vote for a seat on the UN Security Council shows the world doesn’t agree with that image.
The UN missions deployed around the world to manage conflict and protect civilians need to be assessed in a manner that accurately reflects their successes and failures.
The Chinese model of peace differs fundamentally from that pursued by western nations.
The number of personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping has slowly been decreasing.
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.
The world body spends more than US$6 billion a year on peacekeeping operations, most of which are in Africa
Learning from what actually worked during the United Nations’ infamously ineffective 1994 peacekeeping mission in Rwanda may save lives in the future.
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.
UN peacekeeping missions need to adapt to the complexities of active conflict situations.
The UN’s mandate must evolve to navigate new realities that include intra-state wars, non-state actors, and transnational crime.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has had a mixed bag of success and failure.
The solidarity conference by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can be seen as a reaction to the gradual shift of power towards Morocco.
African leaders need to acknowledge the gravity of the Congo crisis and apply pressure on Kabila.
The UN promotes local ownership in peace building, which is difficult to achieve.