AU-UN Cooperation | August 18, 2015

African Peace Support Operations: Sites for Deepening the United Nations’ Cooperation with Regional Organizations

“Against a backdrop of a dynamic and changing peace and security environment, the UN’s interaction with ROs is being redefined. Given the security realities of the continent, Africa is at the forefront of this historical dynamism, and African PSOs are instrumental in shaping the existing contours of the UN–RO relationship.”

Photo credit to AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES via Flickr user Albany Associates. Taken on November 28, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Photo cropped to fit frame. Original photo:
A member of the Kenya Defense Force in Kismayo, Somalia.
Viewpoint | August 3, 2015

A Reflection on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Africa

“There is the belief that if you build competitive institutions and a structure of government, these elements of statebuilding will lead to state stability. It is more than just democratic competence of the state, however; it is also about the strength of the nation. The question to be asked is, How do you building a strong and stable state, but also a strong nation?”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Paul Banks via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on July 5, 2011 in Juba, Sudan. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo
Members of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 2011 at a rally in Juba, when South Sudan was preparing for its independence.
Peacebuilding in Congo | July 26, 2015

Redefining Peacekeeping: The Force Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo

“The coming together of the UN, AU, SADC, and ICGLR to conceptualize and operationalize the FIB demonstrates that hybridization in peacekeeping can work, especially if each intergovernmental organization is allowed to bring to the table its interoperable strengths. African countries provide the troops and equipment to form the brigade, while the UN provides the funding and logistical coordination. When peacekeeping operations are undertaken cooperatively, positive results are easier to achieve.”

Photo credit to MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti via Flickr user MONUSCO Photos. Taken on July 17, 2013. CC BY-SA 2.0. Image cropped to fit screen. Original photo:
FIB South African infantry units listen to a briefing during training.
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