U.N. ban on Sri Lanka’s peacekeepers led by alleged war criminal is the tip of the iceberg

The U.N. peacekeeping department last week banned the deployment of non-essential Sri Lankan army troops in U.N. peacekeeping missions, citing the country’s appointment of an alleged war criminal to a top military post. The appointment of Sri Lanka’s new army chief,     Lt. General Shavendra Silva, was criticized by the U.N., the United States, and the […]

Gender in Modern Peacekeeping: How to enhance effectiveness and accountability

Earlier this month, defence ministers from 80 countries gathered in London for the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial. Topics on the agenda included: inclusion of more women in military and police contingents of peacekeeping operations, a zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, and building rapid-deployment capabilities for contingents. Unfortunately, of the 80 […]

Women Make a Difference in Peace Negotiations

Melanne Verveer, who served as U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, remarked that clashes had occurred in 31 of the world’s 39 active conflicts after peace settlements. None of the 31 cases had women involved in the peace process.