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 […]