How stabilisation failed in the Congo, in six short videos

Georges Clemenceau once quipped that war is too important a subject to be left to the generals. The same is true for efforts to reshape and stabilise countries in crisis.

The stakes are very high and our choices about how to engage are not esoteric, nor hugely technical in nature. They would benefit from informed debate in the media, on charitable boards, and in parliamentary institutions.

How stabilisation failed in the Congo, in six short videos 2018-01-09T13:54:39+00:00

Why every organisation needs its dissidents, dissenters, and drama queens

A senior UN official caused minor waves in March with a New York Times op-ed entitled “I love the UN, but it is failing”. Among other zingers, he labelled the world organisation a “Remington typewriter in a smartphone world”, and captioned the piece with an image of a sucking black hole.

Why every organisation needs its dissidents, dissenters, and drama queens 2018-01-09T13:55:37+00:00

Learning to learn: How UN peacekeeping handled its explosive growth from 2000-15

Many observers saw last June’s High-Level Panel on UN Peace Operations as an audit of the ambitious change agenda laid out some fifteen years earlier, in the Brahimi Report.

The latter had set out an aggressive vision for “multi-dimensional” peacekeeping. The 2015 panel found progress towards that vision had been mixed, at best, while adding a slate of issues of their own.

Learning to learn: How UN peacekeeping handled its explosive growth from 2000-15 2018-01-09T13:55:47+00:00

The two big challenges to genuine partnerships between international agencies and local actors

The “local” is increasingly fetishized in peacekeeping and conflict resolution circles. The UN’s recent high-level reviews of peacekeeping and peacebuilding pushed hard for “people-centred” approaches, as against traditional models of leadership by the national government.

The two big challenges to genuine partnerships between international agencies and local actors 2018-03-06T14:10:14+00:00
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