Peace is the mission

19 March 2019 - 09:00 - 10:00
Rory Keane, Jamie Shea

In an era where our security environment seems increasingly and ever-more rapidly subject to complex, global and interconnected challenges, it is important to regularly ‘go back to basics’: take a step back and understand history’s profound effects on our world, allowing us to better prepare for the future. Friends of Europe will look back at previous efforts in history to make peace and the lessons we can draw from those experiences to solve today’s conflicts. 

This event ‘Peace is the mission’, will explore two different UN peace missions focusing on their different challenges, successes and failures in order to draw conclusions and lessons for today’s transnational and multi-faceted conflicts.

IMAGE CREDIT: CC/Flickr -  United Nations Photo


The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches.


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In our series of ‘Lessons from History’ we take a step back and understand history’s profound effects on our world, allowing us to better prepare for the future. Our first event in the series ‘Peace is the mission’ will explore lessons from two UN peace missions: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). One mission regarded as an international failure to respond to people in need, whereas in the other all mission objectives were met. We will examine the different outcomes of these two peace missions to find applicable lessons for today’s transnational and multi-faceted conflicts. 

  • How can we ensure successful exit and transition strategies? 
  • How have UNSC resolutions, such as 1325 on Women, Peace and Security helped evolve peacebuilding? 
  • What role should the UN Security Council and UN Peacebuilding Commission play in setting new norms for effective and successful peace processes?

Speakers include
Rory Keane, 
Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS)
Alice Musabende, Gates Scholar in Politics & International Studies at Cambridge University, former Canadian journalist and survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Moderated by
Jamie Shea, Senior fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO 


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Rory Keane
Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS)
Rory Keane heads the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS), which represents the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations, Political Affairs and Field Support in building partnerships with the EU, NATO and other organisations. He has worked for the previous United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel Region, Romano Prodi, and served as the security sector advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Liberia. Prior to that, Keane was Team Leader of the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility, the European Commission desk officer for the DRC and Great Lakes and as the OSCE Spokesperson in the former Yugoslavia.
Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.

This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe’s members, EU institution representatives and media. 

Patrick Vandewalle, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 893 98 20

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