The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace?

Hardcover | July 2, 2011

byThorsten Benner, Stephan Mergenthaler, Philipp Rotmann

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Peace operations are the UN's flagship activity. Over the past decade, UN blue helmets have been dispatched to ever more challenging environments from the Congo to Timor to perform an expanding set of tasks. From protecting civilians in the midst of violent conflict to rebuilding stateinstitutions after war, a new range of tasks has transformed the business of the blue helmets into an inherently knowledge-based venture. But all too often, the UN blue helmets, policemen, and other civilian officials have been "flying blind" in their efforts to stabilize countries ravaged by war.The UN realized the need to put knowledge, guidance and doctrine, and reflection on failures and successes at the center of the institution. Building on an innovative multi-disciplinary framework, this study provides a first comprehensive account of learning in peacekeeping. Covering the crucial past decade of expansion in peace operations, it zooms into a dozen cases of attempted learning across four crucial domains: police assistance,judicial reform, reintegration of former combatants, and mission integration. Throughout the different cases, the study analyzes the role of key variables as enablers and stumbling blocks for learning: bureaucratic politics, the learning infrastructure, leadership as well as power and interests ofmember states. Building on five years of research and access to key documents and decision-makers, the book presents a vivid portrait of an international bureaucracy struggling to turn itself into a learning organization. Aimed at policy-makers, diplomats, and a wide academic audience (includingthose working in international relations, peace research, political science, public administration, and organizational sociology), the book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the evolution of modern peace operations.

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Peace operations are the UN's flagship activity. Over the past decade, UN blue helmets have been dispatched to ever more challenging environments from the Congo to Timor to perform an expanding set of tasks. From protecting civilians in the midst of violent conflict to rebuilding stateinstitutions after war, a new range of tasks has tr...

Thorsten Benner's areas of expertise include international organizations (focusing on the United Nations), global security governance, EU foreign policy and EU-US relations in an emerging multipolar world as well as global energy and the public-private interface in global governance. Prior to co-founding the Global Public Policy Insti...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:July 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199594880

ISBN - 13:9780199594887

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Twenty-first Century Peace Operations: Learning Challenges and the Evolution of Organizational Capacity3. Analyzing Organizational Learning in the Peace Operations Bureaucracy4. Replacing and Rebuilding Police: Toward Effective and Legitimate Public Order5. Judicial Reform: Building Institutions for the Rule of Law6. Reintegration: From Quick Fixes to Sustainable Social Rehabilitation7. Mission Integration: Bridging the Gaps between Security, Relief, and Development8. Conclusion