Independent Reviews of UN Peace Operations: A Study of Politics and Practice

UN Peacekeepers in DRC. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Assessing the strategic orientation of UN peace operations remains a challenge, even as new tools such Independent Reviews have gained prominence since 2017. These Reviews have produced uneven results, depending on the mission, the experts hired to conduct them, and their ability to manage the interests of multiple stakeholders. Reviews of specific missions have contributed to evaluating the direction of a peace operation, reorienting UN support following changes in the situation, informing a mission’s reconfiguration, among other objectives. Procedures for such reviews must be clarified to ensure objectives are met and that stakeholders trust their findings.

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Security Topics:  Peacekeeping