UN Reform

CIC's central source for insight and commentary on the UN reform process. Read more>>

 

UN Reform

Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

The Pathfinders are a group of member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners who are working to foster peacful, just and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. The roadmap>>

Pathfinders

Global Peace Operations 2018: Year In Review

This new report adds fresh analysis and insights into recent developments in UN peace operations. Read more>>

 

Global Peace Operations 2018

The Arc of Protection: Toward a New International Refugee Regime

CIC Senior Policy Analyst Leah Zamore co-authors a groundbreaking study of the international refugee crisis, The Arc of Protection. Read the first five chapters of the draft book here>> 

The Arc of Protection

The Art of the Possible

The Congo Research Group argues that the United Nations Security Council should take bold steps to tackle the political crisis at the heart of the current conflict when it renews MONUSCO’s mandate. Read the full report here>>

 

The Art of the Possible

Nikki Haley

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Common sense suggests that multilateral diplomacy should now be in freefall. Yet reports of the death of international cooperation appear to be exaggerated, at least for now.

Jul 30, 2018
Richard Gowan

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Since August 2016, the Kasaï region has seen one of the most dramatic escalations of violence in Congolese history. A localized struggle over customary power quickly spread across four provinces, fueled by resentment over economic and political marginalization. Within the space of a year, 1.4 million people were displaced and dozens of armed militias were formed. The Catholic Church counted 3,383 deaths due to conflict in the greater Kasaï region between October 13, 2016 and June 17, 2017 alone.

While the conflict in the Kasaïs has diminished, levels of humanitarian suffering are still extremely high, and the potential for further violence, especially in Kasaï province, remains. It is difficult to envisage a comprehensive solution to these challenges, or to prevent further violence, without addressing national dynamics. The Congolese government will need to set up initiatives, backed by donors, to address customary conflicts and to reform traditional power structures. Efforts to break the economic isolation of the Kasaï provinces, and to promote inclusive dialogue should continue. Perhaps most importantly, government officials, including army officers, must be held accountable for fostering violence or using disproportionate force to quell it.

Jul 17, 2018
Jason Stearns

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As the UN works to operationalize partnerships to advance the peacebuilding and sustaining peace agendas, the work that regional organizations are already doing in terms of prevention and sustaining peace provides helpful insights. 

 

Jun 11, 2018
Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo
Justice for Women

This paper has been prepared for the inaugural meeting of the High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG), formed as part of the Task Force on Justice, an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. The paper provides a starting point for the discussion of the HLG as it begins its work on ensuring prioritization of women’s justice concerns within the context of implementing and monitoring SDG 16.

Jun 05, 2018
A member of the Chinese Formed Police Unit deployed with UNMIL interacts with a girl in Liberia

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This new report adds fresh analysis and insights into recent developments in peace operations, including operational, strategic, and financial challenges, debates over the values and practices to which peacekeeping should adhere, and progress – or lack thereof – made toward gender parity and geographical diversity among UN leadership.

May 31, 2018
Richard Gowan, Ryan Rappa

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Programs in Focus

  • China-U.S. Cooperation in Central and South Asia

    This publication examines the main cooperation fields between China and the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the post-NATO period. In doing so, this study looks at the initiation of various bilateral joint projects as a distinctive turning point in China-US relations. It argues that existence of such bilateral projects and cooperation in this region does not only produce added value for the countries in question but also have the potential to enhance the mutual relations between China and US. This study also reveals the main common priorities and practices between China and the US and concludes that they have a partial convergence in their attitude towards the infrastructure projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • All the President's Wealth: The Kabila Family Business

    For the past 20 months, the Congo Research Group has documented the vast and eclectic business portfolio of Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his family. This report presents our conclusions, based almost entirely on legal documents.

    You can find the whole report and examine the underlying documents here

  • The Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: A Call to Action to Change our World

    The roadmap was developed by the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a group of member states, global partnerships, international organizations, and other partners.

    It is available in English, French, and Spanish. For a summary, see the overview and presentation.

    The Pathfinders group is convened by the governments of Brazil, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland, with support from the Center on International Cooperation.

  • Global Peace Operations Review

    The Global Peace Operations Review is a website providing analysis and data on the spectrum of issues surrounding global peace and security, including civilian-led peacemaking and peacebuilding as well as uniformed peacekeeping by the United Nations, regional organizations and ad-hoc coalitions. The site’s objective is to contribute to the effectiveness of all peace operations.

    We seek to provide the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding. In doing so, we seek to integrate thematic and cross-cutting issues including, but not limited to, the women, peace and security agenda and countering violent extremism.