Future of Peace Operations

Transforming Conflict and Governance

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.

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Research and Analysis

August 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Haidi Scarlet Willmot

The United Nations (U.N.) is mandated and resourced to prevent and respond to mass human suffering caused by conflict, natural disaster, and disease. Yet it is often criticized for failing to act in a timely way.

August 28, 2017 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

Statement — Briefing on Democratic Republic of the Congo: An Update Aditi Gorur Director, Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program, Stimson Center House Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Washington, DC

November 23, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

To commemorate the new partnership between the Stimson Center and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, we convened a panel comprised of scholars and scholar/practitioners from both institutions.

November 18, 2015

Following public events since June in The Hague, Abuja, Berlin, New York, Paris, and Washington, D.C., members of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance continue to promote the findings and recommendations of Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance at events worldwide and in international publications.

November 12, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Lisa Sharland

The kidnapping and assassination of senior political figures in Bangui in recent weeks, along with a number of violent intercommunal reprisals and attacks on peacekeepers, have sparked concerns the Central African Republic’s capital may be about to descend into yet another cycle of devastating sectarian violence.

October 9, 2015

Last week at the opening of UNGA in New York, President Obama's Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping spurred nearly 50 countries and regional organizations to make new commitments to supply current and future peace operations with more troops, equipment, and funding.

September 28, 2015 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian

To most people, the term "United Nations peacekeepers" conjures images of soldiers in blue helmets, but U.N. peacekeeping operations also include critical non-military components.

September 25, 2015

In advance of the U.N.’s upcoming September 28 leadership summit on peacekeeping hosted by President Obama, the U.N. received a long list of complaints about peacekeeping, including the recent exposés on sexual abuse by peacekeepers.

September 21, 2015 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

Despite the recent signing of a peace agreement to end more than a year and a half of civil war, South Sudan remains plagued by insecurity.

July 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Lisa Sharland

The Stimson Center announced today that Co-Director of the Future of Peace Operations program Alison Giffen will join the U.S. State Department’s International Organizations Bureau as the Senior Peacekeeping Advisor.

April 22, 2015 | EXPERT: 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 of the presence of terrorist groups and almost daily attacks on peacekeepers, including the latest rocket assault on a UN base on March 8.

February 12, 2015 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

Visiting Fellow Jenna Stern assesses the development of the UN’s Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy in the 10 years since the Zeid report’s recommendations were released.

February 12, 2015 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

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 deliberated over what actions should be taken to solve the problem of peacekeepers violating the populations they were sent to protect.

February 12, 2015 | EXPERT: 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.

January 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , STAFF: Fairlie Chappuis

The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo directly resulted in the deaths of 860,000 people, mostly civilians, over the period 2007–2010.
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