Taking Leadership to the Next Level: UN Peace Operations 2020

A Challenges Forum Workshop was hosted by the United States Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy – Center for Creative Leadership, at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 28 February – 1 March, 2017.

The Workshop in Carlisle served as the first, foundational, Workshop in the Challenges Forum Work Strand with the overall aim of strengthening leadership in United Nations Peace Operations. On the overall theme Taking Leadership to the Next Level: UN Peace Operations 2020 Panels and Break-out Sessions were built around the why, the what, and the how of leading UN peace operations: 

  • Why is good leadership so critical for successful peace operations and what difference can it make?- What is good leadership and what is required to better select, prepare, support and evaluate Senior Leaders, Mission Leadership Teams, and Middle Management pre- deployment and in–mission?
  • Stock-take of United Nations current policy, guidance, reviews, capacity-building, pre-deployment preparations and evaluation tools for mission leadership – the How.
  • Stock-take of United Nations current policy, guidance, reviews, capacity-building, pre-deployment preparations and evaluation tools for mission leadership – the How.

The Workshop included broad participation from Challenges Forum Partners, including the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations, Field Support and Political Affairs. Day 1 and Day 2 of the Workshop included discussions in Break-out Sessions. Participants were asked to deconstruct mission leadership and elicit what capacities, skills, competencies and persona are required to lead effectively, and also to reflect on how to better ensure that this is instilled in those in a position of leading UN peace operations. A Summary Report covering the conclusions of the Workshop will be published here in the near future.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Ms Annika Hilding Norberg, Founder and Strategic Adviser, Challenges Forum, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden
Dr Carl Ungerer, Head of Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland
Mr Mark Swayne, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, Department of Defence, United States
Impact of Leadership on UN Peace Operations – the why
Facilitator: Maj. Gen. Robert Gordon, Senior Adviser, Challenges Forum / Force Commander, UNMEE, United Kingdom

Focus: Why is good leadership so critical for successful peace operations and what difference can it make?

Mr Oliver Ulich, Deputy Chief (Policy, Partnerships and Knowledge Management) Policy and Best Practices Service, Division for Policy, and Training, Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, United Nations
Ms Ameerah Haq Former Under-Secretary-General for Field Support / Former Special Representative of the UN SecretaryGeneral, UNMIT, Bangladesh
 Lt. Gen. Chander Prakash, Deputy Director, United Services Institute of India / Force Commander, MONUSCO, India
Brig. Gen. Riana Paneras, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies / Former Police Commissioner, UNAMID, South Africa
Keynote by Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp
Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant, United States Army War College, United States
Impact of Leadership on UN Peace Operations – the what

Focus: What is good leadership and what is required to better select, prepare, support and evaluate Senior Leaders, Mission Leadership Teams, and Middle Management pre- deployment and in–mission?

Mr Ian Martin, Executive Director, Security Council Report / Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UNSMIL, UNMIN and UNMISET, United Kingdom
Lt. Gen. Ahmad Maqsood, Former Military Advisor, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, Pakistan
Mr Luis Carrilho, Senior Inspector, Inspectorate of National Police Force / Former Police Commissioner, MINUSCA, MINUSTAH, UNMIT, Portugal
Wrap-up Day 1

Speakers: Prof. Bill Flavin, Assistant Director, United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, United States and Dr Jibecke Joensson, Acting Head of Policy and Best Practices, Challenges Forum, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden

Session on stock-taking from the political, military and organizational perspective – the how
Facilitator: Mr Ettore Di Benedetto, Team Leader, Leadership Training, Integrated Training Service, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations

Focus: How is mission leadership of UN peace operations and special political missions understood, instructed, prepared, trained and evaluated from a political, military and organizational perspective?

Ms Kyoko Shiotani, Chief of Staff, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations
Ms Jo Nickolls, Officer in Charge, Analysis and Planning Team, Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
Session on stock-taking from strategic communications and field / Member States perspective – the how
Facilitator: Mr Amr Aljowaily, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for United Nations Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

Focus: How is mission leadership of UN peace operations and special political missions understood, instructed, prepared, trained and evaluated from a strategic communications and field / Member States perspective?

Mr Nick Birnback, Strategic Communications Consultant, Folke Bernadotte Academy (United Nations Peacekeeping, on leave of absence)
Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, Former Force Commander, UNFICYP, Norway
Wrap-up Day 2 and way forward

Col. Greg Dewitt, Director, United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, United States

Dr. Carl Ungerer, Head of Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland

Ms Annika Hilding Norberg, Founder and Strategic Adviser, Challenges Forum, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden

Photo Gallery

Please click on the photo to access the Challenges Forum Carlisle Workshop Album on Flickr

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