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17 march 2017

Keeping Peace in Africa in the 21st Century

Dmitry Borisov International Security expert, MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris/MGIMO

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In the past 25 years, Africa has made great strides towards development and peace, but conflict is still present in many places on the continent. For this reason, there has been an unprecedented surge in both the scale of peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities, as well as in the number of actors engaged in conflict resolution. Complex and challenging, the African security landscape presents the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), and the broader international community with numerous opportunities for trial, error, and experimentation.

12 january 2017

A Difficult Peace: The UN and the Challenges of Modern Peacekeeping

Dmitry Borisov International Security expert, MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris/MGIMO

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As the saying goes, peace, like war, must be waged, and the United Nations (UN) has been at the forefront of this battle for almost 70 years. From the UN Emergency Force (UNEF), the first ever peacekeeping mission set up in 1956 at the height of the Suez crisis, to the 2014 UN mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), UN peacekeeping (UNPK) continues to change and adapt to the constantly evolving dynamics of conflict. With at least 40 active conflicts around the world today according to the IISS Armed Conflict Database, the need for UN peacekeeping is as acute as ever, but the institution itself is in flux.

02 june 2014

Who Sends Peacekeepers and How?

Aslan Abashidze Professor, Doctor of Law; president of the Chair of International Law at the People’s Friendship University of Russia; member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Denis Vidineyev PhD fellow at the Chair of International Law, PFUR Law School

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The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated on 29 May. The day has a dual purpose – to commemorate UN peacekeepers who have died in the name of peace and pay tribute to all men and women dedicating high levels of professionalism, dedication and courage by having served, or currently serving, in various UN peacekeeping units. With the world facing new challenges, UN peacekeeping is evolving. How are peacekeeping missions established? Who funds them? How are they composed? Do regional institutions contribute to them? What is Russia’s role? What is the future of peacekeeping?

09 december 2013

BRICS: A New Actor in Global Security

Tatiana Deich PhD in History, Leading Researcher at RAS Institute for African Studies

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In its infancy, BRICS was preoccupied with economic issues, but today the group is also eager to handle global political problems including maintaining global security without the use of force. The BRICS countries support the preservation of the central role for the United Nations and its Security Council in safeguarding peace on the basis of the UN Charter and universally recognized norms of international law.

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