International Order & Conflict

Twenty-First-Century Peace Operations

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Edited by William J. Durch

“The publication of William J. Durch’s third in a series of books on peacekeeping is a much-anticipated event. The carefully researched case studies, tied together by crisp introductory and concluding chapters, represent the state of the art in thinking about contemporary peace operations.”

Ian Johnstone

Associate Professor of International Law, Fletcher School and Volume Editor, Annual Review of Global Peace Operations

A new casebook edited by William J. Durch, co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and the Henry L. Stimson Center, provides expert analysis on six peace operations since 1999: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kosovo, East Timor, and Afghanistan. These case studies tell the trying stories of efforts to rebuild after war has destroyed infrastructure, lives, and trust in government. A lead-in chapter summarizes the state of the art in measuring mission success and the requirements of successful state-buillding. A concluding chapter summarizes lessons learned from the six cases and from more recent missions launched since the cases were commissioned.


  • Restoring and Maintaing Peace: What We Know So Far, William J. Durch, with Tobias C. Berkman
  • Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina, Elizabeth Cousens and David Harland
  • Sierra Leone, Eric G. Berman and Melissa T. Labonte
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Philip Roessler and John Prendergast
  • Kosovo, Michael Dziedzic
  • East Timor, Michael G. Smith and Moreen Doe
  • Afghanistan, J. Alexander Thier
  • Are We Learning Yet? The Long Road to Applying Best Practices, William J. Durch

More about Twenty-First-Century Peace Operations

USIP and Stimson sponsored a book launch for the casebook featuring Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi and Ambassador Carlos Pascual, moderated by Paul Stares. The event was held at USIP on 23 February 2007.

Visit this site to view a video of the event.

To Purchase

Paperback copies of Twenty-First-Century Peace Operations are available from the USIP website.

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