Restructuring the UN Secretariat

An analysis of options for organizational restructuring in the UN’s peace and security pillar.

Restructuring the UN Secretariat

GPOR 2016 Annual Compilation

A compilation of 2016 contributions to the Global Peace Operations Review

GPOR 2016 Annual Compilation

A New Agenda

There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development

Peaceful Just and Inclusive Societies

Members of the Taliban speak on Afghanistan's future

An examination of the views of a section of the Taliban political leadership on the form and functions of a possible future Afghan state

Taliban Views on a Future State

Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project

An archive of sources related to the independence of Afghanistan 

Afghanistan Constitutional Reform Resources

A new contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

An analysis of the role that global platforms and partnerships can play in catalyzing delivery of the SDGs

Turning Ambition into Reality

Better Humanitarian-Development Cooperation for Sustainable Results on the Ground

Political solutions to conflict are needed to prevent a continued escalation in humanitarian needs

After the World Humanitarian Summit

More collaboration will help solve long-term humanitarian crises

The Form of Humanitarian action – and its links with development – needs to adapt

Linking humanitarian action and development

Enhancing Access to Education: Challenges and Opportunities in Afghanistan

Productive ways to enhance access to education in Taliban influenced areas

Enhancing Access to Education

The Next Secretary-General

A new U.N. Secretary-General will provide opportunities for the reform and renewal of the UN Secretariat

The Vexed Question of Senior Appointments

Addressing Protracted Displacement

A think piece on how to reverse the escalating human and financial crisis

Assessing Protracted Displacement

Silk Road Economic Belt

Read the CIC report on China's One-Belt One-Road Initiative

China’s One-Belt-One-Road Initiative

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South African Army, Antonio Garcia

This paper presents a philosophical and conceptual model to determine the South African (SA) Army’s approach to future operations and war. In the pursuit of understanding the SA Army deployment strategy, ‘how do we fight’, this paper suggests an experimental model comprised of two concepts, an SA Army Capstone Concept (SAACC) and an SA Army Future Operating Concept (SAAFOC). This model is benchmarked with the concepts applied by other international armies in their determination of future operating contexts and conditions.

Jun 02, 2017
Antonio Garcia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Diplomacy in Action, Richard Gowan

© UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The UN Security Council has the potential to play a greater direct role in crisis response and mediation not only in New York, but in the field. It has done so sporadically in the past. In its early years, the Council experimented with inter-governmental missions to investigate potential conflicts and undertake mediation in cases including the Balkans and Indonesia. In the post-Cold War period, Council missions engaged directly in crisis diplomacy in multip=le conflicts, playing an important peacemaking role in East Timor in 1999.

May 31, 2017

Zero draft roadmap for delivering the 2030 Agenda targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies

In the 2030 Agenda, the world’s governments expressed their determination “to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.” They set ambitious targets for reducing all forms of violence in all countries, for ensuring access to justice for all, and for building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.

May 11, 2017
David Steven
2030 Agenda
UN Photo

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This workshop was the fourth in the “Applying Sustaining Peace” series, and focused on how to conceptualize prevention through a sustaining peace lens. Later this year, the Secretary-General’s forthcoming report on Sustaining Peace will further explore and define sustaining peace. This workshop drew on two recent and interesting cases, the ECOWAS intervention in Gambia and the lack of regional or international intervention in Burundi. Discussing processes and progress in both countries, workshop participants analyzed the role of regional and international actors in prevention.

Apr 17, 2017
Center on International Cooperation
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations
Amanda Lucey, ISS, Sudan, Liezelle Kumalo

© Amanda Lucey/ISS

The implementation of South Sudan’s latest peace agreement appears to be at a standstill. Insecurity, food shortages and the breakdown in governance have forced more than 1.5 million people to flee the country. President Salva Kiir’s announcement of a forthcoming national dialogue offers some hope. Yet people are divided on the legitimacy of the process: is this a ruse to detract attention from important reforms, or is it an opportunity to finally broaden the political process in South Sudan? External actors, including the African Union (AU), are also at odds with one another.

Mar 22, 2017
Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo
Sub-Saharan Africa
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©Brookings Institution

Considerable policy analysis has been devoted to bilateral strategic relationships between Pakistan and India, India and China, and China and the United States. But the strategic dynamics among these four nuclear powers cannot be understood or effectively addressed on a strictly bilateral basis. While Pakistan responds strategically to India, India responds both to Pakistan and China, which in turn responds both to India and the United States.

Mar 02, 2017
Robert Einhorn, WPS Sidhu
Institute for Security Studies, Liberia

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Liberia is at a pivotal point in its transition to a peaceful democracy. In October 2017 the country will have its first ‘open seat’ elections. The incumbent, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will step down and hand over power to the leader of one of the 22 political parties that are currently participating in the election. Moreover, despite security fears for the elections, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has downsized from over 15 000 military troops in 2007 to around 1 000 soldiers in 2016 (see Figure 1).

Feb 21, 2017
Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations
Alexandra Novosseloff, Sarah Cliffe,  Restructuring the UN Secretariat

© Alexandra Novosseloff

Since 1945, the United Nations has helped support many successful peace processes and protected millions of civilians around the world.  Peace operations deliver results: research estimates suggest that the presence of a UN peace keeping mission can reduce the risk of relapse into conflict by 75 – 85 percent; and that larger deployments diminish the scale of violence and protect civilians in the midst of fighting.  Peace operations can be highly cost effective, with one General Audit Office assessment finding the cost to be roughly half of what a bilateral stabilization operation would cost.  Different types of peace operations - from mediation and special envoys through to multidimensional peace-keeping and specialized justice and emergency health missions - have helped end long running conflicts and prevented violence from escalating or recurring in situations as diverse as Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste. 

Feb 14, 2017
Sarah Cliffe, Alexandra Novosseloff
United Nations

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Programs in Focus

  • Turning Ambition into Reality: Platforms and Partnerships for Delivering Agenda 2030

    Partnerships are expected to play a critical role in sharing the knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources that will support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This report analyzes the role that global platforms and partnerships can play in catalyzing delivery of the new goals, brining together actors from multiple sectors behind a common set of objectives, enabling each other to play to their strengths and maximizing the contribution of others.

  • New CRG/BERCI report: Nationwide Political Opinion Poll

    The Bureau d’Études, de Recherches, et Consulting International (BERCI) and the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University conducted a nationally representative political opinion poll across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Between May and September 2016, researchers interviewed 7,545 people in face-to-face interviews. Some of our main findings can be found in our report Impasse in the Congo: What do People Think?

  • Taliban Views on a Future State

    Few if any Taliban leaders say they want to re-establish the Islamic Emirate or revive the policies that drew the world’s opprobrium upon them when they controlled the Afghan state in the 1990s.That is the conclusion drawn in this report by Borhan Osman of the Afghanistan Analysts Network and Anand Gopal, author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes from interviews with members of the Taliban’s political wing and analysis of the movement’s official publications.

  • Global Peace Operations Review

    The Global Peace Operations Review is a website providing analysis and data on the spectrum of issues surrounding global peace and security, including civilian-led peacemaking and peacebuilding as well as uniformed peacekeeping by the United Nations, regional organizations and ad-hoc coalitions. The site’s objective is to contribute to the effectiveness of all peace operations.

    We seek to provide the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding. In doing so, we seek to integrate thematic and cross-cutting issues including, but not limited to, the women, peace and security agenda and countering violent extremism.

  • The United States, India and Iran: Managing a Delicate Balance

    The India-U.S. relationship is presently stronger than at anytime in their history. The twin summits – less than six months apart – in September 2014 and January 2015 between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have repaired, revived and revitalized the strategic partnership. Yet there remain several hurdles to deepening the relationship, notably, geopolitical differences over Iran, Russia, Syria and India’s membership of various nuclear and missile export control regimes. Perhaps the most formidable of these in terms of immediacy and proximity is the resolution of the Iranian nuclear challenge.

  • Sustainable Development Goals

    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.