Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Mateja Peter
    Pages 1-22 Open Access
  3. Political and Strategic Context: Past, Present, Future

  4. Mandates and Strategy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Mats Berdal
      Pages 113-132 Open Access
    3. Hilde Frafjord Johnson
      Pages 133-152 Open Access
    4. John Karlsrud
      Pages 153-167 Open Access
    5. Arthur Boutellis, Stephanie Tiélès
      Pages 169-190 Open Access
    6. Kari M. Osland
      Pages 191-209 Open Access
  5. New and Old Partnerships

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 319-334

About this book


“This book is essential for enhancing one’s understanding of international conflict and for the continued relevance of the UN as a key stakeholder and participant in world affairs.”
—Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, UN peacekeeping mission in the Middle East (UNTSO)
“This outstanding collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the challenges of peacekeeping today.”
—Dr. Lise Howard, Georgetown University, USA
“I would recommend this book to policy makers, peacekeepers and scholars who wish to understand and improve the effectiveness of modern peacekeeping.”
—Lt. Gen. Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, former Force Commander in the UN missions in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Haiti (MINUSTAH)
“This exceptional collection of analyses by experts from both the global North and South will be of interest to practitioners and scholars alike – highly recommended.”
 —Prof. Ramesh Thakur, Australian National University
This open access volume explores how UN peace operations are adapting to four trends in the changing global order: (1) the rebalancing of relations between states of the global North and the global South; (2) the rise of regional organisations as providers of peace; (3) the rise of violent extremism and fundamentalist non-state actors; and (4) increasing demands from non-state actors for greater emphasis on human security. It identifies emerging conflict and peace trends (robustness of responses, rise of non-state threats, cross-state conflicts) and puts them in the context of tectonic shifts in the global order (rise of emerging powers, North–South rebalancing, emergence of regional organisations as providers of peace). The volume stimulates a discussion between practitioners and academics, offering an analysis of how the international community collectively makes sense of the changing global order and its implications for UN peace operations.
Cedric de Coning is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway and Senior Advisor for the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), South Africa.
Mateja Peter is Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews, UK and Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway.


Open Access United Nations UN Peace Operations global order global North global South regional peace organisations human security NGOs liberal internationalism realism security multipolarisation global leadership UN peacekeeping conflict resolution Protection of civilians organised crime terrorism China

Editors and affiliations

  • Cedric de Coning
    • 1
  • Mateja Peter
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian Institute of International AffairsOsloNorway
  2. 2.School of International RelationsUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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