Western military intervention has been a defining feature of the post-Cold War security environment. However, the idea of intervention is now in decline because of the failure in Iraq and the challenges in Afghanistan and Libya. This decline is exacerbated by the return of great power rivalry, which competes with failing states for attention and resources. Nevertheless, the United States will still feel compelled to intervene if its real red lines are breached—imminent mass atrocities that could be prevented, and the creation of safe havens for anti-American terrorists. The result will be half-hearted interventions that address the near term threat, but which do not provide for post-conflict stabilization or nation-building. Thus, the demand for UN stabilization missions will remain strong.
A local researcher’s view of the lessons learned from the UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone
A local researcher’s view on the lessons learned from South Africa’s experiences in peacekeeping
A local researcher’s view on the lessons learned from the United Nations Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)
A view on UNMISS from the ground by the coordinator of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA)
- Guidelines on Understanding and Integrating Local Perceptions in UN Peacekeeping
- Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: Survey on Perceptions and Attitudes about Peace, Security, and Justice in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo By Patrick Vinck & Phuong Pham (July 2014)
- Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: Survey on Perceptions and Attitudes about Peace and Justice in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire By Phuong Pham & Patrick Vinck (July 2014)