Peace Operations

After a more than a decade of continuous expansion, historic levels of demand and increasing operational complexity pose risks to the viability of peace operations. Setbacks in high-profile missions have coincided with military overstretch and growing fiscal austerity, while missions that have achieved interim stability lack a clear transition strategy towards sustainable peacebuilding and development. At the same time, the evolving use of a range of alternative models of peace operations, including the hugely expanded use of special political missions, is both creating new options and adding complexity to policy debates. At the UN and elsewhere, new questions about the relative merits of traditional peacekeeping versus lighter options create an ongoing demand for policy-relevant research. CIC aims to provide analysis on these issues and to improve conceptual and operational linkages across political missions, peacekeeping operations, and peacebuilding.

Global Peace Operations Review Web Portal

Global Peace Operations Review | @PeaceOpsCIC

Related Publications

  • Peacebuilding Commission Meets on 2020 Review of Peacebuilding Architecture

    This options paper consolidates key recommendations for operationalizing the prevention agenda in light of the United Nations' 2020 peacebuilding architecture review. The paper examines options to increase national demand for prevention approaches, opportunities to build and consolidate the UN system’s expertise on prevention, and options to increase cross-pillar approaches, which are critical to the success of prevention initiatives. 

    Jun 23, 2020
    Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
    Peace Operations
  • Closure ceremony of the Senegalese Formed Police Unit, MINUJUSTH headquarters, Port-au-Prince.

    After several years at a crossroads, United Nations peace operations took a definitive turn in 2019, shifting away from large, multidimensional, "conflict management" operations toward models that are smaller, more flexible, and have greater reliance on partnerships.  This edition of Peace Operations Review surveys a year of reforms, the twentieth anniversary of the first protection of civilians mandate, and innovative approaches to peace operations transitions.

    Dec 18, 2019
    Peace Operations
  • Timorese and international judges preside over the Tribunal de Recurso in Dili, Timor-Leste.

    © United Nations Photo

    In the sixth briefing in CIC's series on prevention, we take stock after the July 2019 High-level Political Forum on the instrumental role that development initiatives can play in conflict prevention. As highlighted in the 2011 World Development Report and the 2018 UN–World Bank Pathways for Peace report, often root causes are related to lack of equitable access to economic opportunities, or a combination of political and economic inequalities that fuel grievances. Some risk factors may therefore need to be addressed with development tools. Drawing on field research and on member state reporting at the recent High-level Political Forum, this briefing highlights development measures countries have taken to support prevention, and highlights ways the UN system can better assist these efforts.

Pages