Enhancing Civilian Protection in Peace Operations: Insights from Africa

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 10/18/2010

UN-Africa-02By Paul Williams. Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2010.

Systematic rapes, mass displacement, and other tragedies in Africa frequently damage the credibility of peacekeeping missions and jeopardize conflict resolution efforts. Yet several successful operations to protect non-combatants demonstrate that civilian protection is indeed feasible though challenging. To fulfill their mandates and protect the legitimacy of peace processes, peace operations require clearer civilian protection concepts and must address the nuanced dynamics and resource demands of different contexts.

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