Peace operations comprise peacekeeping – the provision of temporary postconflict security by internationally mandated forces – and peacebuilding – those efforts undertaken by the international community to help a war-torn society create a self-sustaining peace.

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July 10, 2015
Stimson’s Alison Giffen Joins State Department as Senior Peacekeeping Advisor

Lisa Sharland Joins Stimson as Visiting Fellow for Future of Peace Operations

(Washington, D.C.) The Stimson Center announced today that Co-Director of the Future of Peace Operations

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March 27, 2015
The Perils of Peacekeeping in Unstabilized Environments

By Sofia Sebastian: 

In January, Head of UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the UN Security Council that the situation in northern Mali remains “extremely volatile” in light

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February 12, 2015
Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping: Ten Years After the Zeid Report

In 2004, after numerous allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers made international headlines, both the UN Security Council and US Congress

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February 12, 2015
Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping

By Jenna Stern: 

United Nations peacekeepers help people living in the most volatile regions of the world emerge from conflict in the hope of a better future. Despite the important role

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January 26, 2015 / By Aditi Gorur
Reconciling Security Sector Reform and the Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Contexts

United Nations peacekeeping operations are frequently mandated both to protect civilians and to support security sector reform. These mandates implicitly assume that the protection of

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