Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013

The Center on International Cooperation's Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013 is now available. The eighth in this series, launched in 2006, was published by Lynne Rienner and can be ordered at

This most recent edition of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations covers a far wider range of missions than its predecessors.  For the first time, the volume includes analysis and data on civilian-led political missions, which have in the past been covered in the Annual Review’s sister publication, the Review of Political Missions.  This comprehensive edition of the Annual Review thus provides a new and expanded overview of multilateral contributions to peacekeeping, conflict prevention and post-conflict peacebuilding.

Unique in its breadth of coverage, the Annual Review provides analysis and detailed data on over 130 peace operations by the UN, AU, ECOWAS, NATO, EU, OSCE and OAS as well as ad hoc peacekeeping operations. Presenting the most detailed collection of data on global peace operations available, the Annual Review continues to inform policy-makers, academics, practitioners, the media, and stakeholders about trends in global peace operations and mission developments. The Review is produced in partnership with sections of the United Nations Secretariat, the African Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, the Organization of American States and of NATO.  We are grateful for financial assistance from the Governments of Germany, Norway and Switzerland.  Their support makes publication of the Review possible.

Highlights of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013:

  • Joint foreword by Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ameerah Haq, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, and Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
  • Strategic Summary by volume editors Megan Gleason Roberts and Alischa Kugel on key trends in both UN and non-UN missions during 2012
  • Thematic essays by Richard Gowan and Bruce D. Jones on The Changing Face of Peace Operations and Leadership and the Use of Force in Peace Operations, reflecting the major developments in peace operations at the end of 2012 and early 2013
  • In-depth mission reviews of peace operations in Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and Syria
  • Mission reviews of peace operations in Asia Pacific, Caucasus and Moldova, Central Africa, Central Asia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Libya, Middle East, Sahel, Timor-Leste, West Africa and the Western Balkans 
  • Global statistics on UN-Commanded missions and Non-UN-Commanded missions
  • UN Mission-by-Mission Statistics
  • Map of 2012 Global Peace Operations   

Read the Foreword and Strategic Summary

View an Interactive map of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations.  To enable the map layers please download and open the file using the Adobe Reader, then enable the layers by clicking the layers icon.

Watch series editor Ricard Gowan discuss 2013 peace operations the at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in a discussion titled Global Peace Operations 2013: Opportunities and Challenges.

All maps in the publication are provided by the United Nations Cartographic Section. For further information, please visit their website at: United Nations Cartographic Section

Archive: Annual Review of Global Peace Operations

The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations and the Review of Political Missions have evolved into the Global Peace Operations Review, an interactive web-portal presenting in-depth analysis and detailed data on military peacekeeping operations and civilian-led political missions by the United Nations, regional organizations, and ad-hoc coalitions. The website can be accessed here Global Peace Operations Review

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