The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations
|The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative, which was launched with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, is conducted in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). SIPRI, in cooperation with FES, has organized a series of regional dialogue meetings with emerging powers and troop-contributing countries. In addition, SIPRI has conducted research resulting in a number of reports and policy briefs.
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Final reportThe Future Peace Operations Landscape:
Voices from stakeholders around the globe
by Jaïr van der Lijn and Xenia Avezov
The global security environment is changing as a result of globalization and nontraditional security challenges such as international jihadism and international organized crime. At the same time, the power balance and security relations between established and emerging powers underpinning the contemporary arrangements for conflict management, appear to be changing. Power and political influence are shifting away from the West (Europe and North America) towards other global regions and to emerging powers such as Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.
The final report of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative aims to provide insights into the views of major troop- and police-contributing countries (TCC/PCCs) and emerging powers in the different regions on the main future challenges to international peace and security; interpretations of relevant norms and concepts in peace operations; the main objectives for participation in peace operations; organizations' capacities and legitimacy to address the regional and global challenges of conflict; and the challenges to peace operations.
Download the report or read more about the series of workshops that informed the report's findings.
Over the past 20 years, there has been a far-reaching shift in the nature of international conflict management. The traditional notions of peace operations have been broadened by ever more robust missions, the expansion of mandates towards peacebuilding, and by an unprecedented growth both in the number and the size of operations. Today, many experts, practitioners and politicians are questioning the sustainability of the current approach of peace operations that has emerged since the end of the cold war. Moreover, shifts in international power relations as a result of rapid economic growth in parts of the Global South may lead the emerging powers to call into question the existing structures of international conflict management, including peace operations.
18 Feb. 2015, New York City
Launch of the final report of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative
The findings of the final report of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative will be launched at an event at the United Nations. The event will include a panel featuring Edmond Mulet (UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations), Youssef Mahmoud (Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, and a member of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations), Janne Taalas (Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN), Michèle Auga (Executive Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s New York office), and SIPRI Senior Researcher Jaïr van der Lijn.
For more information about the event please contact Jennifer Landt (JLandt@fesny.org).
14–16 Apr. 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam
Eighth Regional Dialogue
This dialogue meeting brought together a range of leading experts from South East Asia to discuss regional perspectives about the future of peace operations.
7–9 Apr. 2014, Brussels, Belgium
Seventh Regional DialogueThis dialogue meeting brought together a range of leading experts from Europe and North America discuss regional perspectives about the future of peace operations.
Jair van der Lijn and Xenia Avezov
The preliminary findings of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations Initiative point to more cooperation and consensus in a multipolar world than it appear in the international debate.
Xenia Avezov and Timo Smit
SIPRI Policy Brief
The transition towards multipolarity in the international system has concerned many observers in recent years. This is based partly on the assumption that multipolarity will create competition rather than cooperation as international actors promote or object to intervention in conflicts based on their own geostrategic, economic or political interests.
SIPRI Workshop Report, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 15–16 April 2014.
SIPRI Workshop Report, Brussels, Belgium, 7–9 April 2014.