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Revising The UN Peacekeeping Mandate In South Sudan

Author(s): 
Lisa Sharland
Aditi Gorur
Date Published: 
December 14, 2015

Civil war has raged in South Sudan for two years. Horrific atrocities continue to be committed against the civilian population by both primary parties to the conflict as UNMISS has struggled to protect civilians within and beyond its protection of civilians (POC) sites. This report by the Stimson Center and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute examines the challenges the U.N.

Within and Beyond the Gates: The Protection of Civilians by the UN Mission in South Sudan

Date Published: 
October 7, 2015

As armed conflict broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) had to quickly transition from supporting the nascent nation to protecting civilians from harm. Over the last two years, government and opposition forces, as well as armed militias affiliated with them, have often deliberately targeted civilians, including through killings, sexual violence, abductions, the destruction of homes and crops, and the looting of cattle.

The Role of Police in UN Peace Operations

Author(s): 
Sofía Sebastián
Date Published: 
September 21, 2015

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. In environments characterized by weak or dysfunctional rule of law institutions and in contexts of criminal and low-intensity violence, U.N. police can play a vital role in maintaining security and protecting the civilian population from physical violence.

Establishing Safety and Security at Protection of Civilians Sites

Author(s): 
Jenna Stern
Date Published: 
September 21, 2015

In December 2013, a civil war broke out in the new nation of South Sudan. As the fighting erupted inthe nation's capital and spread through the country, tens of thousands of civilians fled from conflict affected areas and sought refuge at bases of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UNMISS opened its gates to those seeking protection and quickly prepared Protection of Civilians (POC) sites within and adjacent to its bases where people could take shelter from the violence.

Safety and Security Challenges in UN Peace Operations

Author(s): 
Haidi Willmot
Scott Sheeran
Lisa Sharland
Date Published: 
July 15, 2015

Ensuring the safety and security of personnel in United Nations (UN) peace operations is vital for
fulfilling the organization’s duty of care. It also has a strategic impact, including on the efficacy of
mandate execution, force generation, the evolution of peace operations, and sustaining the relevance of the UN in the maintenance of international peace and security.

Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping: Ten Years After the Zeid Report

Author(s): 
Jenna Stern
Date Published: 
February 12, 2015

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.

Building EU-UN Coherence in Mission Planning & Mandate Design

Author(s): 
Thierry Tardy
Richard Gowan
Date Published: 
November 13, 2014

Just over five years ago, relations between the EU and UN were strained due to the difficulties of planning and implementing coordinated missions in Chad and Kosovo. Today, relations are considerably more cordial, but there is still room to improve the two organizations’ joint planning procedures. This paper aims to assess what has been achieved in the field of planning coordination and what the remaining challenges are; it also makes some suggestions for further action.

Perceptions Of Security Among Internally Displaced Persons In Juba, South Sudan

Author(s): 
Aditi Gorur
Date Published: 
September 25, 2014

This brief synthesizes voices of internally displaced persons seeking protection at United Nations peacekeeping operation bases in Juba, South Sudan. In early August 2014, the Stimson Center conducted seven focus groups with people living in two protection of civilians (POC) sites inside UN bases in Juba. The purpose of these focus groups was to understand better how people living in these sites perceived their security. A summary of the findings is presented in this report.

Engineering Peace: The Critical Role of Engineers in UN Peacekeeping

Author(s): 
Arthur Boutellis
Adam Smith
Date Published: 
February 3, 2014

Although engineering may be the least critically analyzed aspect of peacekeeping, it is one of the most crucial elements to the functioning of a UN peace operation. This report details the various roles that engineers play in UN peace operations and examines the type of engineering capacities available to a mission.

Peacekeeping Reimbursements: Key Topics for the Next COE Working Group

Author(s): 
Bianca Selway
Date Published: 
December 12, 2013

In preparation for the first meeting in three years of the United Nations Contingent-Owned Equipment System (COE) Working Group, which takes place in January 2014, this brief analyzes the key issues under discussion and explains the procedural challenges ahead.

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