Demystifying Intelligence in UN Peace Operations

Monday, July 18, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm

Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development
International Peace Institute
777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor
(Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)


The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations are pleased to invite you to a policy forum and report launch to unpack the concept of intelligence in UN peace operations. The event will take place at IPI on Monday, July 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Hervé LadsousUnited Nations Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (TBC)
Dr. Alexandra NovosseloffSenior Visiting Fellow, Center on International Cooperation (CIC)
Ms. Olga AbilovaPolicy Analyst, International Peace Institute (IPI)

Mr. Arthur BoutellisDirector of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, International Peace Institute (IPI)

While the use of intelligence to support UN peace operations through an improved situational awareness has over many years proved to be indispensable across all operations, the concept has traditionally been controversial due to the multilateral nature of the UN. Today, with UN peace operations involved in more and more volatile and dangerous situations, there seem to be growing signs of acceptance among member states that the strengthening of the intelligence capacity in UN missions is necessary, not only to fulfill mission mandates more effectively but importantly to ensure the improved safety and security of UN staff. Furthermore, in 2015, the report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the follow-up report of the Secretary-General on The Future of Peace Operations made calls to strengthen the analytical capabilities of peace operations to better be able to deal with complex environments. In advance of the launch of the UN intelligence framework currently being developed by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, this policy forum will reflect on the nature of intelligence in UN peace operations, as well as its modalities and limitations.
A new report by IPI, CIC, and NUPI, titled “Demystifying Intelligence in UN Peace Operations: No Magic Bullet,” will present recommendations for the UN and its member states. Panelists will react to this report, which strives to unpack the concept of intelligence at the UN through identifying the organizational needs and requirements for analysis and processed information, as well as assessing the current structures in place at UN headquarters and in field missions, paving the way for suggestions on how decision-makers could better be supported.
Panelists will discuss how the approach of the UN has developed over the years, and how missions in the field have adapted in different ways to fill the crucial gap of information needed for early warning, the protection of civilians, and the safety and security of its staff. They will also reflect on ways to consolidate the interests of member states, and to energize them to assure that UN field missions can best be equipped to fulfill the objectives set out in their mandates.

For questions contact:
Christina Dilbone, or 212-225-9639


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