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The Center on International Cooperation closely examines the United Nations' operations and politics in order to maximize its impact throughout the world. CIC has conducted research, convened high-level meetings, and provided recommendations in the following key areas of the UN's work.

Peace Operations:

Post-2015 Development:

Crisis Diplomacy:

 

Related Publications

  • 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
  • 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

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