US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

US hopeful of reopening NATO supply routes from Pak to Afghanistan

Published April 4, 2012 by Times of India
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WASHINGTON: Amid a crucial review of Pak-US ties by Pakistani lawmakers, the US on Tuesday expressed the hope that Islamabad would soon open the crucial supply NATO route to Afghanistan.  "With respect to the ground supply routes into Afghanistan, we remain hopeful that those routes will be reopened in the near future, and discussions with the Pakistanis continue on a range of issues," Pentagon press secretary George Little said.

Afghanistan Falls Apart

Published April 4, 2012 by Foreign Policy
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KABUL – Near a busy intersection where burqa-clad women beg for spare change at car windows, Mahmoud Saikal, Afghanistan's former deputy foreign minister, sat under a photo of this capital city's crowded hillside neighborhoods in the stately living room of his compound.  "If you are from Kabul," he says, "you can find your place of birth in this photo."  It's the only landscape not changing in Afghanistan.

With UNMIL Drawdown in Sight: Defense Minister Seeks Foreign Assistance in USA

Published March 27, 2012 by The Daily Observer, Liberia
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With the sole aim to seek for further assistance for Liberia’s security agencies, National Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr. over the weekend headed a high-power team of security personnel to the United States.  The delegation’s aim is to seek resources to augment the strength of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Liberia National Police (LNP), including Correction officers, Customs and  the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).  At the U.S.

Washington Tells Rebels not to Rely on War for Regime Change, Urges Doha non-Signatories not to Hinder Peace

Published March 25, 2012 by Sudan Vision Daily
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Khartoum - Washington advised rebel leadership to give priority to political solution and to avoid absolute reliance on force as a means to topple the Sudanese Government.  US envoy for Darfur, Dane Smith, said he exerted efforts to urge Doha non-signatory movements not to obstruct the implementation of the Doha Agreement for peace in Darfur.

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

Author(s): 
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.

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