Future of Peace Operations
Future of Peace Operations
In conflict-affected areas, the international community struggles to restore the rule of law, to respond to violence against civilians and to establish sustainable governance. The Future of Peace Operations program contributes to the international community's efforts to achieve these goals and help war-torn societies transition to lasting peace.
From South Sudan to Syria, the international community has struggled to understand how to intervene in areas of conflict. Increasingly, it has turned to peace operations as a tool to create stability, to protect civilians and to restore the rule of law. But what can peace operations realistically accomplish? What policies and tools do they need to achieve their goals? What roles should other bilateral, regional and international actors play to support peace operations and to hold them accountable to the people affected by violence and to the international community?
The Future of Peace Operations program explores these and other issues to find solutions to violence in some of the most turbulent areas of the world. Please see the Project on Restoring the Rule of Law and the Project on Civilians in Conflict for more information about the program’s work.
The Future of Peace Operations program critically examines whether and how peace operations, and particularly U.N. peacekeeping operations, can create sustainable peace in areas plagued by violence. It builds on decades of experience studying how peace operations and other interventions work in practice. The program provides constructive and practical recommendations to policymakers to ensure that peace operations have the policies, guidance and means they need to be effective. Recommendations reflect on-the-ground analysis in conflict zones and in-depth research with key practitioners and stakeholders in the United Nations, the U.S. government and other institutions around the world.
As a trusted and respected organization within the field of peace operations, the Future of Peace Operations program has made many recommendations that have been adopted by the United Nations. For more than 20 years, the Future of Peace Operations program has offered solutions to pressing challenges that peace operations face such as recruiting and deploying the right personnel; assessing the impact of peace operations; working with host state governments, humanitarian organizations and other partners; engaging local communities; and filling critical gaps in policy, guidance and training. Please see the Project on Restoring the Rule of Law and the Project on Civilians in Conflict for more information about the program’s work.
The Stimson Center also collaborates with a number of visiting fellows and nonresident experts. To see a full list of contributors to the program, please click here.
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