Despite calls and efforts to do so, the international community has never possessed a standing force that could be directly recruited, trained, equipped and controlled by the UN. There are several reasons for this failure.
China’s increased involvement in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping in Africa reflects a broader trend of the country taking a more proactive approach to foreign policy. In December 2017, Chinese President […]
Hybrid peacekeeping has appeared as the new term to describe the modular, multi-actor composit of modern peace operations. But the term and its implications are not fully understood by many.
India’s approach to R2P demonstrates very well the dilemmas that lead to rising powers’ reluctance in global governance
Jonathan Gilmore, an expert on applied global ethics, discusses how cosmopolitan thought has influenced the way militaries perform civilian protection, and whether we may witness the emergence of an armed […]
The British intervention in the Sierra Leone civil war aimed to create long-term security for civilians. More than 15 years on, how sustainable is security in the country?
There are strong calls to give UN peacekeeping operations more robust mandates to engage in counter-terrorism tasks. But the idea of UN peacekeepers conducting counter-terrorism operations is not without its […]
Following civil war, re-establishing the legitimacy of a state’s army is a crucial part of security sector reform and international actors can aid this process. The capacity-building work of the […]
Unarmed civilian peacekeeping represents both a practical and compassionate response to suffering and violence and challenges the conventional view that peacekeeping can only be effective through military measures. What is […]
The 2011 Libyan intervention and the anarchy which ensued has highlighted an aspect of the responsibility to protect principle that has, to date, been overshadowed by the debates on the […]