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Mediation and Peacebuilding: SRSGs and DSRSGs in Integrated Missions

Mediation and Peacebuilding: SRSGs and DSRSGs in Integrated Missions Global Governance 16 (2010), 281–299 SPECIAL FOCUS Mediation and Peacebuilding: SRSGs and DSRSGs in Integrated Missions Cedric de Coning This article focuses on the role of the special representative of the Secre- tary-General (SRSG) in the context of UN integrated missions. The article argues that the primary leadership function of the SRSG is to facilitate a process that generates and maintains strategic direction and operational coherence across the political, governance, development, economic, and security dimensions of a peacebuilding process. The power and influence of the SRSG does not reside in the resources that he or she can directly bring to bear on a specific situation, but in the ability to muster and align the resources of a large number of agencies, donors, and countries to sup- port the peacebuilding effort in a given context. This type of leadership role implies that persons with skills, experience, and a personality suited to multistakeholder mediation and negotiations are more likely to be success- ful SRSGs than someone who is used to top-down, autocratic, military, pri- vate sector, or direct-control type leadership styles. This perspective on the role of the SRSG has important implications for the way in which people are chosen and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Mediation and Peacebuilding: SRSGs and DSRSGs in Integrated Missions

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01602007
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Abstract

Global Governance 16 (2010), 281–299 SPECIAL FOCUS Mediation and Peacebuilding: SRSGs and DSRSGs in Integrated Missions Cedric de Coning This article focuses on the role of the special representative of the Secre- tary-General (SRSG) in the context of UN integrated missions. The article argues that the primary leadership function of the SRSG is to facilitate a process that generates and maintains strategic direction and operational coherence across the political, governance, development, economic, and security dimensions of a peacebuilding process. The power and influence of the SRSG does not reside in the resources that he or she can directly bring to bear on a specific situation, but in the ability to muster and align the resources of a large number of agencies, donors, and countries to sup- port the peacebuilding effort in a given context. This type of leadership role implies that persons with skills, experience, and a personality suited to multistakeholder mediation and negotiations are more likely to be success- ful SRSGs than someone who is used to top-down, autocratic, military, pri- vate sector, or direct-control type leadership styles. This perspective on the role of the SRSG has important implications for the way in which people are chosen and

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Dec 19, 2010

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