SOLLIMS Sampler (Feb. 2016) - Shifts in United Nations Peacekeeping

  • February 02, 2016
  • Mister David A Mosinski

In September 2015, President Obama hosted a Leaders' Summit on UN Peacekeeping after a year-long critical review of gaps in peacekeeping missions culminated in the June 2015 Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations. This review emerged at a fitting moment, as UN Peacekeeping had recently experienced a number of "firsts" - the return of Europe to peacekeeping in Africa after two decades, an increase of intelligence capabilities within a mission, the utilization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance, the deployment of a UN 'offensive' combat force, and the opening of UN bases to protect civilians. Additionally, certain UN peacekeeping issues have recently seen notable international censure and praise - from the condemnation of a heinous trend of sexual abuse by peacekeepers to applause for the success of all-female Formed Police Units (FPU). As such, it is now timely to devote a SOLLIMS Sampler to understanding Lessons Learned from the recent Shifts in United Nations Peacekeeping.