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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Institute for Security Studies, Liberia

©Institute for Security Studies

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
© Global Peace Operations Review

© Global Peace Operations Review

This is the second edition of the Global Peace Operations Review (GPOR) annual compilation. It is the first to collect a full year’s worth of content from the website in a single publication. Using an online platform allows us to constantly innovate, and we plan to continue to evolve between these annual releases. Producing the annual compilation allows GPOR  to curate this material thematically in a fully searchable and citable electronic book.  If you’re reading this in PDF format, any text highlighted in blue is hyperlinked back to the website.

Turkey In Somalia: Shifting Paradigms of Aid, Jason Stearns, Gizem Sucoulgu

©South African Institute of International Affairs

As the global development landscape continues to evolve, new and emerging actors – countries transitioning from being aid recipients to aid providers – are becoming increasingly visible on the global scene. Although the approaches, interests and resources of emerging donors are far from uniform, their increasing presence in global development – particularly in fragile and conflict-affected settings – could create new ways of thinking about foreign aid and contribute to more horizontal, equitable and efficient practices.

Nov 23, 2016
Gizem Sucuoglu , Jason Stearns
Horn of Africa, Middle East
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks by phone with Donald J. Trump, President-elect of the United States, on 11 November. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

© UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The election of Donald Trump as US president was a seismic event for Americans – those who celebrated and those who wept – and for the rest of the world.   The currents that underpinned the result are neither new nor confined to the US: discontent with politics and economics as usual, lack of trust in elites and populist nationalism have been on the rise in many parts of the world. These were clearly expressed through the Brexit vote but also in social protests and electoral upsets worldwide, from the Philippines to South Africa to the Colombia referendum.

Nov 14, 2016
Sarah Cliffe
United States
United Nations
© AFP Photo/Desirey Minkoh

© AFP Photo/Desirey Minkoh

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 are:

Nov 02, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

This article examines the main cooperation fields between China and the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the post-NATO period. In doing so, this study looks at the initiation of various bilateral joint projects as a distinctive turning point in China-US relations. It argues that existence of such bilateral projects and cooperation in this region does not only produce added value for the countries in question but also have the potential to enhance the mutual relations between China and US.

Oct 18, 2016
Barnett Rubin, Tom Gregg
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

"The new agenda recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions.”

Sep 29, 2016
David Steven

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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.