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UN Seminar on Peacekeeping and Training (UNMUM) at the National Defence University, Pakistan

The Challenges Forum Partner, the National Defence University of Pakistan, hosted a UN Seminar on Peacekeeping and Training in Islamabad 3-4 November 2015 as part of the United Nations Military Unit Manuals (UNMUM) project initiated in 2013. The objective of the meeting was to provide a key opportunity for the roll out and the implementation of the UN Manuals.

Leaders’ Peacekeeping Summit 2015

The Challenges Forum attended the Leaders’ Peacekeeping Summit on 28th September 2015 in New York, co-hosted by US President Obama, the UN Secretary-General and other world leaders.

Institution- and Capacity-building for Peace: Implications of the UN Review Panels’ Recommendation for Future Missions

The Challenges Annual Forum 2015 was hosted by the Armenian Institute for National Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Defence and held in Yerevan in 5-6 October 2015.

Interfaces Between Peace Operations and Organized Crime

Why is it important to translate threat awareness into policy and instruments and what could be possible measures to do so? In order to answer these questions it is helpful to look at some of the interfaces between peace operations and organized crime. This paper suggests an analytical model consisting of seven possible interfaces which can assist in structuring the various linkages as well as in assessing threats to peace operations, mandate implementation and host nation stability. In doing so, this model can also help to structure our thinking on the corresponding need for action.

Strategic Communications for the New Era of Peace Operations

A Challenges Forum Workshop on ‘Strategic Communications for the New Era of Peace Operations’ was co-hosted by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), in close consultation with the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations/Department of Field Support, in Washington DC on 23 June 2015.

Impact Evaluation and Assessment of UN Peace Operations: What is the State-of-the-Art?

With more than 123,000 civilian, military and police peacekeepers serving in UN missions around the world, peacekeeping is currently at an all-time high, both in terms of numbers and the breadth and width of mission mandates. And as with any other business, with more investments and investors come more demands for being able to present results, as well as to ensure that there are effective mechanisms in place for capturing and integrating lessons learned in future plans and operations. It is therefore no surprise that increasingly UN Member States and the international community at large call for more accountability and transparency of operations in order to measure the return on their financial and human investments in today’s missions.

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