US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

World must not abandon Afghanistan after combat mission ends, says UK ambassador

Published March 26, 2012 by The Telegraph
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In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Sir William Patey, 58, who finishes his posting at the end of the week, said the world would be making a "monumental historical mistake" if it did not continue to provide financial and other support to Afghanistan following the 2014 deadline.  Nato combat forces are due to complete their withdrawal by the end of 2014, when security for the country will be handed over to Afghan security forces.

Empowering Local Peacebuilders

Date Published: 
March 26, 2012

Peacebuilding operations in conflict and post-conflict societies often undermine local capacity, ownership, and sustainability. The acknowledged remedy is to empower local actors to take the lead in planning and implementing programs, but few empowerment strategies that work in practice have been documented and explained.

Peace Operations Partnerships: Complex but Necessary Cooperation

Richard Gowan
Jake Sherman
Date Published: 
March 19, 2012

In a short paper for the Center for International Peace Operations, the German think-tank, Jake Sherman and Richard Gowan argue that as NATO pulls back from Afghanistan and the UN downsizes some missions (including those in Haiti and the Congo) organizations including the AU, Arab League and ASEAN may take more responsibility for new peace operations.

Peace Operations Partnerships: Assessing Cooperation Mechanisms between Secretariats

Joachim Koops
Date Published: 
March 16, 2012

During the last decade, peace operation partnerships between the United Nations (UN) and regional organizations have advanced considerably both in operational and institutional terms. With the growing involvement of regional organizations in the area of peacekeeping, coordination between the UN and its potential partners is important in order to avoid duplication or outright inter-organizational rivalry.

U.S. and Afghanistan Agree on Handover of Prisoners

Published March 9, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — Seeking to break an impasse on a broader strategic arrangement, the United States agreed on Friday to greatly accelerate its handover of detainees to Afghan government control but will retain a veto over which ones can be released, American officials said.  Gen. John R. Allen, the American military commander, and Abdul Rahim Wardak, the Afghan defense minister, signed the compromise agreement in what diplomats described as a breakthrough in negotiations over a long-term military partnership.

Blog: Protection of Camp Ashraf must be US final act in Iraq

Published December 6, 2011 by The Hill (blog)
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The humanitarian issue of Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 members of the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen e Khalq (MEK), in Iraq has crossed party lines in the US, UK and EU as far right neo cons stand alongside democrats and liberals in support of defending an Iranian opposition group upon which there has been heated discussions. With an end of 2011 deadline set by Iraq to close the Camp, the issue will no doubt be a topic of serious discussion as Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki comes to Washington next week

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