Category Archive: United Nations

Mali: when has the UN succeeded?

“I think we stand a good chance of helping Mali to restore order and regain control over the whole of their territory”. “The whole of the news on the mission is geared towards… Continue reading

Coordinating Peacekeeping in Mali

“A red card holder will not be necessary if I do my job correctly!” Colonel Joost de Wolf has been working in the Netherlands Marine Corps for 30 years. On Thursday 17 April… Continue reading

Who is MINUSMA fighting?

“If it was easy, they would not have asked us!” Colonel Joost de Wolf has been working in the Netherlands Marine Corps for 30 years. On Thursday 17 April he was sent to… Continue reading

Dutch peacekeepers in Gao, Mali

“If you keep Mali as such, it will turn into a black hole – a country where jihadists can do whatever they like. One way or another, these people will come to Europe… Continue reading

The UN in Mali: Colonel de Wolf on the conflict, the Tuareg and MINUSMA’s role

“MINUSMA is waiting for more enablers – technologically advanced military forces – before they can move up to Kidal. After the Dutch and the Swedes have arrived, we can move up to Kidal… Continue reading

On Blue Helmets and Cynicism, Linda Polman on UN Peace Operations

“UN peacekeepers can do a lot of good in situations when you need traffic cops.”┬áLinda Polman is a critical freelance journalist who has been covering peacebuilding and humanitarian aid in the aftermath of… Continue reading

Harmful Humanitarian Aid: Dilemmas and Solutions

Bringing aid has a price. Linda Polman is a freelance journalist who has been covering peacebuilding and humanitarian aid in the aftermath of war for over 20 years. She explains how aid organizations… Continue reading

How to stop aid from helping warlords?

Could an aid organization be tried bythe International Criminal Court (ICC) for aiding warlords? Linda Polman is a freelance journalist who has been covering peacebuilding and humanitarian aid in the aftermath of war… Continue reading

Four Lessons for Peacebuilding in Syria

What if the Syrian fighting factions reach a peace deal, and the United Nations are called in to help build the peace? What lessons should the UN bring from their previous peacebuilding experience?… Continue reading

Syrian peace talks: what role for outsiders?

What if serious peace talks are held on Syria, how can and should outsiders be involved? Willemijn Verkoren (director at CICAM) argues that now that the Syrian president Assad has agreed to disarm… Continue reading

When is Armed Intervention the Solution?

In an opinion-piece in Volkskrant, a Dutch daily, Willemijn Verkoren (director at CICAM) agreed with the Russian president Putin that an armed intervention is seldom the solution to conflict. My question: so when… Continue reading

Statebuilding vs Peacebuilding

How feasible is it for the United Nations to build peace from above? If ‘positive peace’ is hard to attain, should the UN instead focus on just stopping the fighting? Professor Michael Pugh… Continue reading

Willemijn Verkoren on a Personal Note

Willemijn Verkoren (CICAM) introduces herself and explains how she first got involved with the study of war and peace. In Cambodia she saw the difficulties of democracy-building. She reflects on the success of… Continue reading