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UNSCR 1325 Has Fallen Short of its “Transformative Potential”

UNSCR 1325 Has Fallen Short of its “Transformative Potential”

Eighteen years later, the "gender perspective" required by Resolution 1325 has fallen short of its transformative potential. Peace practitioners must turn their gender lenses inward to examine their own cultures and practices as potentially part of the dual problems of gender inequality and insecurity.

UN Peacekeepers Need Peacekeeping Training

UN Peacekeepers Need Peacekeeping Training

The United Nations doesn't have Peacekeepers, they have soldiers deployed as Peacekeepers. Peacekeeping missions are not military operations, therefore, Peacekeeper training should better reflect the peaceful mandate of the UN and abandon the militarized culture and tactics present in today's Peacekeeping forces. 

United States Withdraws From Human Rights Council, Hypocrisy Prevails

United States Withdraws From Human Rights Council, Hypocrisy Prevails

The U.S. cited the HRC's criticism of Israeli violence against Palestinians and the need for HRC members to increase their commitment to human rights as their reason for leaving. Though, the track record of U.S. foreign and domestic policy reveal the hypocrisy of their withdrawal. 

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. 

Media Leverage and the Colombian Peace Agreement

Media Leverage and the Colombian Peace Agreement

In Colombia, UN political chief urges parties to ‘stay the course’ set out in peace accord. Credibility leverage is most effective at generating durable and longer lasting peace after the agreement.

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