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Review of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People

Review of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Uniting Our Strengths for... Global Governance 22 (2016), 179–187 THE GLOBAL FORUM Review of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People Michael G. Smith SINCE ITS FOUNDATION IN 1945, THE UNITED NATIONS HAS CONDUCTED AN astonishing number of peace operations, commencing in Indonesia in 1948. To deal with the changing international security order, the organization has continuously adapted and transformed its approach to prevent violence, restore peace, and build sustainable security and development. But change has been slow. Despite some notable success stories, the UN’s track record has not been grand. Too often the inappropriate behavior or ineffectiveness of peacekeepers has brought disgrace on the organization, while resistance to change from some member states as well as from within the various organs of the UN has hampered its agility and effectiveness. The relative global stability that prevailed during the Cold War (in spite of the possibility of nuclear Armageddon) has been replaced by an era of greater uncertainty between states and increased intrastate and transnational violence. Security actors do not necessarily respect geographic borders, international law, or the neutrality of the United Nations. The challenges fac- ing peace operations have been exacerbated by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Review of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-02202001
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Global Governance 22 (2016), 179–187 THE GLOBAL FORUM Review of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People Michael G. Smith SINCE ITS FOUNDATION IN 1945, THE UNITED NATIONS HAS CONDUCTED AN astonishing number of peace operations, commencing in Indonesia in 1948. To deal with the changing international security order, the organization has continuously adapted and transformed its approach to prevent violence, restore peace, and build sustainable security and development. But change has been slow. Despite some notable success stories, the UN’s track record has not been grand. Too often the inappropriate behavior or ineffectiveness of peacekeepers has brought disgrace on the organization, while resistance to change from some member states as well as from within the various organs of the UN has hampered its agility and effectiveness. The relative global stability that prevailed during the Cold War (in spite of the possibility of nuclear Armageddon) has been replaced by an era of greater uncertainty between states and increased intrastate and transnational violence. Security actors do not necessarily respect geographic borders, international law, or the neutrality of the United Nations. The challenges fac- ing peace operations have been exacerbated by

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2016

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