The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 16th Annual Conference was jointly organised by the United Nations Association – UK, the United Nations Association – Westminster, and RUSI. This report outlines the proceedings of the conference, where sessions focused on missions where there is no peace to keep, future peacekeeping, and challenges of leadership in today’s complex missions.
The 70th anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping efforts is an opportunity to look back to the evolution and the sheer complexity of peacekeeping. To maximise performance, it is also a moment to reflect on how such activities should be better coordinated and planned with regional partners.
It is almost a quarter of a century since the international community intervened to stop the carnage in the former Yugoslavia. The war crime tribunals are now over, but the painful lessons of that conflict endure.