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.


Research and Analysis

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.

December 29, 2014

“We can no longer afford to minimize or ignore the contributions of women and girls to all stages of conflict resolution, peace-making, peace-building, peacekeeping and reconstruction processes. Sustainable peace will not be achieved without the full and equal participation of women and men.” 

November 25, 2014 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations (U.N.) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

November 20, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gambari will chair a new commission focusing on conflict-affected states, the cyber economy, and climate change, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Stimson Center announced today.

November 17, 2014 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

In advance of new recommendations anticipated to be released today by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the future of the U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan (UNMISS), a new report by the Stimson Center and the Sudd Institute finds that the U.N.

November 17, 2014 | EXPERT: Alison Giffen , EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

The United Nations faces an unprecedented challenge in South Sudan. The country has been devastated by the civil war that broke out in December 2013, just two and a half years after South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan.

October 21, 2014 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

One month ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report that accused internationally-funded African Union peacekeepers in Somalia of raping women and girls as young as 12 and trading food and medicine for sex.

October 7, 2014

In 1995, during the Bosnian war, Serbian forces overran a ‘safe area’ in Srebrenica, resulting in the death of 6,000 Muslim men and boys. Then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in speaking of the conflict remarked that, the Muslims in Bosnia were not only victims of brutal aggression but “also victims of the failure of the democracies to act.”

September 25, 2014 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

An unprecedented 96,800 people are seeking shelter from violence inside U.N. peacekeeping operation bases in South Sudan, with many living in fear of killing, rape, and abduction according to a study released today by the nonpartisan Stimson Center.

August 22, 2014

The U.N. Security Council delegation visiting South Sudan last week came face-to-face with a troubling reality: The country has been seized by an eight-month civil war between parties that have committed violence against civilians on a devastating scale.

July 29, 2014

Twenty years ago, a genocide unfolded across Rwanda, killing over half a million people in the shadow of UN peacekeepers and under the watch of the international community. Rwanda catalyzed major reforms to international norms, laws and institutions with the hope that such atrocities would never be committed again.

July 28, 2014 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

The recent crisis in South Sudan highlights the importance of research on how civilians can and should be protected from deliberate violence. In December 2013, fighting broke out across South Sudan between government forces led by President Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar.

July 25, 2014 | EXPERT: William Durch

In 1988, the great powers rediscovered the United Nations as an instrument of international security. In 1990, Stimson began its work monitoring and assessing the U.N.’s organizational “reboot” as an element of the emerging new framework for global peace and security.

July 15, 2014 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian , EXPERT: William Durch

The United Nations (UN) Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections (GFP) is the most recent initiative in a decade of efforts to improve the coherence and quality of the UN’s rule of law support to crisis- and conflict-affected countries.

July 14, 2014 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian

The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War, political divisions between the three major ethnic groups continue to threaten the viability of the state. And for Bosnia, just as for the Middle East, the near-term stakes could not be higher.
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