UN Support to Regional Peace Operations: Lessons from UNSOA

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a report by Paul Williams published by the International Peace Institute (IPI). The report analyses five sets of challenges that the UN Support Office for the AU Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) faced between 2009-2015, revolving around the expanding scope of UNSOA’s tasks, the clash between the UN and the AU’s organisational cultures, the highly insecure operating environment, the size of the theatre of operations and some of the idiosyncrasies of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

On the basis of these challenges, the report offers several lessons for future UN support for regional peace operations, including, that:

=> It is unwise to separate control over logistics from control over operations.

=> The UN’s current bureaucratic rules and procedures are not quick or flexible enough to support forces dispersed over large distances in conducting sustained maneuver warfare.

=> Regional organisations must put in place mechanisms to ensure accountability and transparency when using the UN’s assessed peacekeeping contributions.

=> All stakeholders must share information better.

=> The UN should explore how best its field missions can support the development of host-state national security forces.

=> UN and AU field operations and planning processes need to be better linked.

To download and read the report from the source, click here.

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