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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On October 14 through 16, Richard Gowan participated in the Challenges Forum, an annual peacekeeping conference in Beijing. The Challenges Forum is a strategic and dynamic platform for dialogue among policymakers, practitioners and academics on key issues and developments in peace operations. The aim is to shape the debate by promoting awareness of emerging issues and identifying key challenges facing military, police and civilian peace operations.

Oct 14, 2014
Richard Gowan
China, Europe
Peace Operations

La región de América Latina y el Caribe se distingue por la amplitud y variedad de políticas que ha desarrollado para responder a las oportunidades y los riesgos de la globalización. Este informe, elaborado por NYU CIC para UNICEF en América Latina y el Caribe, explora cómo la región puede caracterizarse como un laboratorio para el desarrollo sostenible. El informe se enfoca particularmente en el progreso alcanzado con respecto a las obligaciones de la región según la Convención Internacional sobre los Derechos del Niño así como en las políticas que han apoyado este progreso y en las lecciones que se pueden aprender para mejorar el papel de la niñez en la agenda regional y global de desarrollo sostenible.

Sep 29, 2014
David Steven, Alejandra Kubitschek Bujones
Latin America

The violent Basque separatist group ETA took shape in Franco's Spain, yet claimed the majority of its victims under democracy. For most Spaniards it became an aberration, a criminal and terrorist band whose persistence defied explanation. Others, mainly Basques (but only some Basques) understood ETA as the violent expression of a political conflict that remained the unfinished business of Spain's transition to democracy. Such differences hindered efforts to 'defeat' ETA's terrorism on the one hand and 'resolve the Basque conflict' on the other for more than three decades.

Sep 03, 2014
Teresa Whitfield
Europe

In September 2015, the international community is expected to agree upon a universal set of sustainable development goals. This book is designed to help people from all backgrounds understand what was agreed upon at Rio+20 and the relevant UN Commissions, Conferences, and Summit that laid the foundation for Rio+20 and the new sustainable development goals currently being negotiated.

This policy monitoring brief analyzes the process that led to the “Somali New Deal Compact,” the framework’s potential effectiveness as a peacebuilding tool, and potential ways to strengthen it. We find that the New Deal Compact in Somalia appears to have created a paradigm shift in international policy rhetoric around Somali ownership and leadership. However, the process to develop the Compact has also revealed a series of difficult trade-offs (related to process, risk, and implementation) between political and technical imperatives for both Somali and external actors.

Jul 30, 2014
Sarah Hearn, Thomas Zimmerman
Horn of Africa
Fragile States

On June 15-17, 2014 CIC partnered with Wilton Park, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the French Ministry of Defense to host a discussion on various aspects of peace operations. This conference examined operational planning, capacity and execution of mandated peace operations including partnership arrangements in fluid conflict situations.

Jul 28, 2014
Richard Gowan

The UN is currently in poor health but the severity of its condition is not yet clear, Richard Gowan argues in this paper commissioned by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue for the 2014 Oslo Forum for senior mediators. Gowan assesses the impact of events in South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine for the UN, and warns that the organization's operational and political credibility is weakening.

Jul 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Horn of Africa, Middle East

The United Nations Security Council in the Age of Human Rights is the first comprehensive look at the human-rights dimensions of the work of the only body within the United Nations system capable of compelling action by its member states. Edited by Jared Genser and Bruno Stagno Ugarte, this volume contains a chapter on the Security Council and Syria co-authored by CIC's Richard Gowan with Paulo Sergio Pinheiro (Chairman of the Independent International Committee of Inquiry for Syria).

Jul 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
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.