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.
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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.
- What can the UN do to bring conflicts to an end and ensure a stable post-conflict process? What are the exit strategies? What is it lacking?
- 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?
Rory Keane, Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS)
Linda Melvern, Investigative Journalist and former consultant to the “Military One” trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
Alice Musabende, Gates Scholar in Politics & International Studies at Cambridge University, former Canadian journalist and survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide
Jamie Shea, Senior fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO
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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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