Re-Energising Peacekeeping: The World Leaders Peacekeeping Summit

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is sharing with our readership a brief overview by Colonel Festus Aboagye, Chief Executive Officer of APSTA, of the 2015 Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping on 28 September 2015 that was convened by the United States (US) President Barack Obama, and co-hosted by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit gathered together leaders from more than 50 countries, who pledged new commitments, in addition to existing commitments by traditional contributors who were unable to make new pledges, to strengthen existing capabilities, as well as the flexibility of current and future peace operations.

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Happy Birthday, UN: The Peacekeeping Quagmire

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is sharing in the first post of the month, a rather blunt opinion piece by Richard Gowan, Research Director at the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) at the New York University (NYU), and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

The piece provides contrasting synopses largely of United Nations peace operations in Africa and concludes on the stark note that: “the Security Council and UN officials should maintain, and be willing to threaten, the nuclear option of withdrawing peacekeeping forces more rapidly in those cases where national leaders grow too confrontational or autocratic…there have to be moral limits to the sort of regimes that peacekeepers are asked to fight and die for…The longer the UN continues to prop up leaders and governments that treat the organisation with contempt, the more that contempt will be deserved”.

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