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The Center on International Cooperation closely examines the United Nations' operations and politics in order to maximize its impact throughout the world. CIC has conducted research, convened high-level meetings, and provided recommendations in the following key areas of the UN's work.

Peace Operations:

Post-2015 Development:

Crisis Diplomacy:

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Related Publications

  • Impact Investment. Social Entrepreneurship. Corporate Partnerships. We’ve all heard these buzz words, but what do they actually mean? How can they be effectively applied to finance sustainable peace efforts in some of the world’s most difficult conflict areas?

    In the first of this two-part article series, CIC Visiting Scholar Riva Kantowitz delves into the innovative methods and models that are being applied to fund global conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. The article also raises important challenges to these methods, including the impact of the funding and how it is being used on the ground. 

    Jan 19, 2018
    Riva Kantowitz
  • Kumalo, Lucey, Transitional Justice


    The African Union is mandated to help South Sudan to ensure accountability for past human rights abuses through the establishment of a hybrid court. This mandate is derived from the Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, signed in 2015. The agreement also makes provision for a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing and a Compensation and Reparation Authority. In the face of continued violence in South Sudan, how can the African Union assist in enabling an effective transitional justice strategy for the country?

    Oct 09, 2017
    Liezelle Kumalo, Amanda Lucey
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The UN General Assembly meetings in September will no doubt be dominated by the crises of the day: an underlying theme of discussions, however, will be the less sensational topic of UN reform. The most impenetrable of all areas of the UN’s bureaucracy, its processes for financial and human resource management are generally of little interest to those outside New York’s Fifth Committee. The subject is also somewhat “tired”—Ban Ki-Moon too had management reform as a key point of his agenda—and politicized, in particular in the context of US announcements on cuts to UN contributions.

    Sep 15, 2017
    Sarah Cliffe
    United Nations