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 report
NGP Final Report coverThe 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.

Project background

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.

 

events
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 ().


 

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 Dialogue

This dialogue meeting brought together a range of leading experts from Europe and North America discuss regional perspectives about the future of peace operations.


PUBLICATIONS

Peace operations in a multipolar world: a surprising consensus

Jair van der Lijn and Xenia Avezov
SIPRI Essay
Sep. 2014 

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.

The consensus on Mali and international conflict management in a multipolar world

Xenia Avezov and Timo Smit 
SIPRI Policy Brief
Sep. 2014

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. 


'South East Asia regional dialogue’

Xenia Avezov
SIPRI Workshop Report, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 15–16 April 2014.

'Europe and North America regional dialogue'

Xenia Avezov
SIPRI Workshop Report, Brussels, Belgium, 7–9 April 2014.


 
 
STAFF
THE NEW GEOPOLITICS OF PEACE OPERATIONS

SIPRI's New Geopolitics of Peace Operations initiative is supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is conducted in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Workshop reports

This project has led to a series of publications, including reports on each of the eight regional workshops conducted between 2012–14.

Read the workshop reports.