At a recent event held at the Brookings Institute, Under-Secretary General of Peacekeeping Missions for the United Nations Hervé Ladsous led a discussion on the future of peacekeeping operations around the world. He highlighted the need for greater innovation and international cooperation in both current and future peacekeeping missions in order for increased success.
As of today there are sixteen ongoing missions through the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as well as a special political mission--the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA.) An estimated nine out of every ten peacekeepers are currently stationed in Africa, with missions such as those in the Central African Republic and South Sudan being the most volatile. These dispatched peacekeepers handle a myriad of problems within conflict areas and help to restore stability and peace to those displaced and injured by civil or international violence.
Mr. Ladsous commented on the success of peacekeeping missions in recent years, highlighting the fact that the number of conflicts around the world has decreased dramatically within recent decades. However, the severity of the conflicts we face today make them far more intractable and difficult to handle than in the past. The issue of weakened political frameworks stands as the greatest problem in many conflict areas and often times “cripples the missions.”