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The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace?

Thorsten Benner, Stephan Mergenthaler, and Philipp Rotmann


Peace operations are the UN's flagship activity. Over the past decade, UN blue helmets have been dispatched to evermore challenging environments from the Congo to Timor to perform an expanding set of tasks. From protecting civilians in the midst of violent conflict to rebuilding state institutions after war, a new range of tasks has transformed the business of the blue helmets into an inherently knowledge-based venture. But all too often, the UN blue helmets, policemen, and other civilian officials have been ‘flying blind’ in their efforts to stabilize countries ravaged by war. The UN realized ... More

Keywords: state‐building, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, United Nations, organizational learning, international organizations, international bureaucracy, international police assistance, reintegration of former combatants, judicial reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thorsten Benner, author
Associate Director, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
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Stephan Mergenthaler, author
Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and Project Associate, World Economic Forum
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Philipp Rotmann, author
Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
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