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Policy Papers - December 12, 2013

New Publication: Peacekeeping Reimbursements—Key Topics for the Next COE Working Group

This issue brief analyzes the key issues under discussion as preparation begins for the first meeting in three years of the United Nations Contingent-Owned Equipment System (COE) Working Group, which takes place in January 2014.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 22, 2013

Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping: Not Just a Numbers Game

This report argues that the UN is unlikely to reach its gender goals because it is not fully implementing its own two-pronged approach of increasing the number of women in peacekeeping operations and integrating a gender perspective within its missions.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 03, 2013

The UN Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The fall of Goma to the M23 rebel group in November 2012 pushed the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations to revisit its mission and mandate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After nearly fourteen years of peacekeeping in DRC, the UN is now deploying a new kind of “offensive” combat force—the Intervention Brigade—to break the cycles of violence by neutralizing and disarming rebel groups. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 13, 2013

New IPI Dataset Finds Trends in Uniformed Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

Despite the tremendous and continuing efforts associated with UN peacekeeping operations, the full range of available data on uniformed contributions to UN peacekeeping has not been readily available to researchers, limiting the use of quantitative methods on questions related to UN peacekeeping. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 03, 2013

The Elephant in the Room: How Can Peace Operations Deal with Organized Crime?

From Afghanistan to Kosovo, from Mali to Somalia, organized crime threatens peace and security. And yet, of the current 28 UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding or special political missions, less than half have mandates related to organized crime, and those that do are not well-equipped or well-prepared to face this threat.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 08, 2013

IPI Research: UN Peacekeeping Struggles With Gaps in Force Generation

This report analyzes the limitation of the UN system for generating contributions of personnel and equipment for peace operations, otherwise known as force generation.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 13, 2013

Enhancing European Military and Police Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

In the context of the impending NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, a regional roundtable held in Berlin last year discussed the potential for future European commitments to UN peacekeeping.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 18, 2012

Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence (French Translation)

This is a French translation of an IPI policy paper first published in July 2010.

This report seeks to address measures to preempt election-related conflicts and political violence against the backdrop of the progress made in institution-building for democratic governance, peace, and security by the OAU/AU. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 02, 2012

UN Peacekeeping Transitions: Perspectives from Member States

This issue brief addresses the nature and timing of peacekeeping transitions, paying particular attention to the perspectives of UN member states and decisions by the Security Council. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - August 01, 2012

UN Transitions: Mission Drawdown or Withdrawal

The meeting note summarizes a high-level discussion on the drawdown and withdrawal of peacekeeping and special political missions. It addresses the political dimensions of these transitions from the perspective of member states and examines the UN’s approach to planning and managing these transition phases. 

 
 

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