In November, CIC joined with the Institute of Security Studies to host a discussion with member state representatives and UN staff on African perspectives on the future of peacebuilding. Peacebuilding continues to gain recognition in international and national spheres for the crucial role it plays in laying the foundations for sustainable peace. In the last two decades, the United Nations has developed its peacebuilding architecture (PBA) in order to strengthen its responses to countries recovering from conflict.

The massive peacekeeping effort undertaken in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 18 months hasn’t done much to slow the bloodshed. But it just might have destroyed a bold and hopeful new idea about how much the United Nations can accomplish.

Read the full Boston Globe article In Congo, peacekeepers at war

Nov 28, 2014
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa

There are reasons to think that Africa may be a place where prospects of Sino-European cooperation are promising. EU members – and above all France – continue to play an active role in crisis management in weak African states like Mali, Somalia, and the Central African Republic. 

Read the Full ECFR article African Security – a bright spot for Sino-European cooperation

Nov 04, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

United Nations peace operations suffered major blows in August and September, highlighting both the organization’s contribution to global security and its growing vulnerability.

Read the full Chatham House report The blue helmet blues

Oct 07, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

President Barack Obama will meet with Sam Kutesa, the controversial Ugandan diplomat serving as president of the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday in a move that is sure to frustrate rights activists who say Kutesa's support for virulently anti-gay legislation makes him unfit to lead the world's parliament.

Sep 23, 2014
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Reports on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nigeria released in July 2014 at the Open Society Institute in New York reveal failures in human rights vetting for soldiers in countries that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations.

Read the full IRIN article Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed?

Jul 29, 2014
Richard Gowan
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

After a marathon negotiation session, the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals finalized its outcome document.

In West Africa, civil wars have receded, democracy has gained ground and economies are growing. But a destructive new threat is jeopardizing this progress: with local collusion, international drug cartels are undermining our countries and communities, and devastating lives.

Jun 18, 2014
Camino Kavanagh

Over the past six months, United Nations peacekeeping has come closer to catastrophe than at any time since the Rwandan genocide and Srebrenica massacre. The UN mission in South Sudan was caught off-guard when the country imploded last December. The crisis has claimed at least 10,000 lives. More then a million civilians have fled their homes, with 80,000 sheltering in UN compounds 

Read the full Chatham House article UN Peacekeepers: Not perfect but just good enough

Jun 06, 2014
Richard Gowan

Member states are increasingly looking to 2015 as a milestone for progress on United Nations Security Council reform. 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the UN, fifty years since the implementation of the last (and only) Council enlargement, and ten years since the 2005 World Summit. This paper provides an overview of the current context, an explanation of global perspectives on UNSC reform, and analysis of discussions on UNSC reform in and around the African Union.

May 15, 2014
Richard Gowan, Nora Gordon
United Nations

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