Paul D. Williams is associate professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and a non-resident senior adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York. His primary research interests lie in contemporary peace operations and Africa’s international relations. His books include War and Conflict in Africa (Polity 2011); co-author, Understanding Peacekeeping (Polity, 2nd ed. 2010); co-editor Security and Development in Global Politics (Georgetown University Press 2012); and The International Politics of Mass Atrocities: The Case of Darfur (Routledge 2010).

AU-UN Cooperation | November 19, 2012

Towards More Effective Partnership Peacekeeping in Africa

Partnership peacekeeping involves official or unofficial attempts by multiple actors to coordinate the objectives of their peace operations. In Africa, the last two decades have seen partnership peacekeeping become more and more common. This is the result of several interrelated trends, but perhaps foremost among them is the widespread recognition that no single international organization has either a monopoly on peacekeeping or the capabilities to deal with Africa’s conflict-management challenges alone.

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A female member of the Ethiopian battalion of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) joins the military observers in a parade to receive the medals in recognition of their contribution to the mission.