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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.

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  • Alexandra Novosseloff, Sarah Cliffe,  Restructuring the UN Secretariat

    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
  • © Global Peace Operations Review

    © Global Peace Operations Review

    This is the second edition of the Global Peace Operations Review (GPOR) annual compilation. It is the first to collect a full year’s worth of content from the website in a single publication. Using an online platform allows us to constantly innovate, and we plan to continue to evolve between these annual releases. Producing the annual compilation allows GPOR  to curate this material thematically in a fully searchable and citable electronic book.  If you’re reading this in PDF format, any text highlighted in blue is hyperlinked back to the website.

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks by phone with Donald J. Trump, President-elect of the United States, on 11 November. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    The election of Donald Trump as US president was a seismic event for Americans – those who celebrated and those who wept – and for the rest of the world.   The currents that underpinned the result are neither new nor confined to the US: discontent with politics and economics as usual, lack of trust in elites and populist nationalism have been on the rise in many parts of the world. These were clearly expressed through the Brexit vote but also in social protests and electoral upsets worldwide, from the Philippines to South Africa to the Colombia referendum. For the United Nations, an organization that is in some ways both the elite club to end all elite clubs and the global voice of “we the peoples”, the new administration is likely to bring significant change. 

    Nov 14, 2016
    Sarah Cliffe
    United States
    United Nations

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