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West African Zones of Peace and Local Peacebuilding Initiatives

West African Zones of Peace and Local Peacebuilding Initiatives

In the context of civil war in Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, the line between “armed actors” and “communities” was porous, creating a situation where peacebuilders spanning these categories in some cases had special access to armed actors for the purposes of negotiation.

Assessing Armed and Unarmed Approaches to Peacekeeping

Assessing Armed and Unarmed Approaches to Peacekeeping

Unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP) has successfully engaged in the tasks traditionally associated with peacekeeping, demonstrating that peacekeeping does not require military personnel or the presence of weapons to carry out its violence prevention and civilian protection functions; furthermore, UCP can fulfill these functions in a way that also addresses some of the shortcomings of armed military peacekeeping.

Unintended Consequences of “Robust” UN Peace Operations

Unintended Consequences of “Robust” UN Peace Operations

An upcoming policy forum by the International Peace Institute will explore tensions between the pursuit of political solutions and the protection of civilians in the context of UN peacekeeping missions. Peace Science shows how the "robust" turn in UN peacekeeping has resulted in unintended consequences to civilians and the peacebuilding process.