This new Routledge volume, edited by Marco Wyss and Thierry Tardy provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and challenges of international peacekeeping in Africa. In their contribution to the volume, former CIC staff member Megan Gleason-Roberts and CIC Senior Program Officer Alischa Kugel analyze the changing dimensions of international peacekeeping in Africa, including how civilian-led political missions, regional deployments and over the horizon security guarantees are increasingly important tools for crisis response.
A fines de octubre de 2013, los embajadores del Grupo de Países de América Latina y el Caribe en las Naciones Unidas (GRULAC), sus negociadores clave de las respectivas capitales, representantes de la sociedad civil y organismos del Sistema de la ONU en la región, se reunieron en un retiro de otoño para debatir la agenda Post-2015. Este retiro fue auspiciado por el Grupo de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo para América Latina y el Caribe (GNUD ALC) y contó con la participación de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
Despite a strong evidence base and widespread affirmations of the connections between peace, good governance, and development, these issues remain among the most controversial in the post-2015 development agenda and are at risk of being left off the agenda in the intergovernmental process to forge a final agreement.
The number of wars and the deaths they cause have been steadily decreasing since the post-World War II period. But changes in both the nature of conflict and the degree to which it is broadcast to a global public have underscored the need for effective peacemaking, while also changing our approaches to achieving a stable peace. Richard Gowan looks at the U.N.’s shift toward aggressive and riskier peacemaking missions.
At the end of October 2013, Ambassadors from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the United Nations, their key negotiators from respective capitals, civil society representatives, and UN System agencies from the region met in an Autumn Retreat on the Post-2015 Agenda. The retreat was sponsored by the United Nations Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean with the participation of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The debate on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals after their 2015 deadline is now underway in earnest. But in some ways, agreeing to the new goals is the easy part. Governments also need to reach agreement on how those goals will be delivered – a question that touches on both financing and policies in a much wider range of areas, like trade, migration, sustainability, technology, and global governance reform.
On Friday, December 13th, Ambassador Paul Seger and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN co-hosted a roundtable with CIC to discuss CIC’s Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013. The event, “A Pivotal Year for UN Political Missions,” featured Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, and CIC’s Director of Research, Richard Gowan.
On November 21, 2013 the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, NUPI, hosted a seminar with Richard Gowan, Editor of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013 and Associate Director at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a primary supporter of the Annual Review as part of its long-standing partnership with the Center on International Cooperation.
The five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) – have gained on the world stage and their presence is being felt in every multilateral institution. Among them India – the world’s largest democracy with a burgeoning economy and a long history of engagement with the multilateral order – is of special significance. For BRICS watchers in general and anyone interested in the future of India in particular, twenty-two scholars of international repute have produced one of the most comprehensive volumes on India’s role in the evolving global order: Shaping the Emerging World.
Over the past decade the United States and the international community have funded an unprecedented private security industry in Afghanistan. Matthieu Aikins argues that with the expected decrease in international aid and changes in the national economy, future stability of Afghanistan depends on ensuring a political settlement among the country's diverse powerbrokers and networks.
Recent months have seen increasing interest in the idea that Rio+20 could be the launch pad for a new set of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs). But what would SDGs cover, what would a process to define and then implement them look like, and what would some of the key political challenges be? This short briefing sets out a short summary of current thinking on the issue, followed by thoughts about the way forward.
This most recent edition of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations covers a far wider range of missions than its predecessors. Unique in its breadth of coverage, the Annual Review provides analysis and detailed data on over 130 peace operations by the UN, AU, ECOWAS, NATO, EU, OSCE and OAS as well as ad hoc peacekeeping operations. Presenting the most detailed collection of data on global peace operations available, the Annual Review continues to inform policy-makers, academics, practitioners, the media, and stakeholders about trends in global peace operations and mission developments.
More and more of the world's poor live in places affected by chronic violence and conflict. These changing dynamics have profound implications for the way that development agencies and other international actors approach their work. Development in the Shadow of Violence: A Knowledge Agenda for Policy, by Bruce Jones and Molly Elgin-Cossart ; is part of a new Center on International Cooperation program, Securing Development.
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