In the last decade, there have been two trends in mission mandates. The first and most obvious is the United Nations Security Council authorization of peacekeeping missions with significant military components and complex, multidimensional mandates. Yet, due to global strains on personnel, equipment, financial resources, and to competing international priorities, these missions – typically in the most challenging environments – have suffered from under-deployment and insufficient political attention.
At a time of growing popular demand for representative politics, the protection of rights, and access to justice, this report by CIC's Camino Kavanagh and Dr. Bruce Jones examines the ability of the United Nations to provide 'rule of law' support to member-states and national reformers.
Richard Gowan contributed to the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2012, a new publication from the European Council on Foreign Relations. Gowan drafted the section on multilateral affairs. Read his overview of the EU's performance on multilateral affairs here and visit the interactive site here.