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Book launch ‘UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era’ by Cedric de Coning, John Karlsrud and Chiyuki Aoi
7 Mar 2017

The book launch took place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Addis Ababa and was hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Centre for Dialogue Research and Cooperation (CDRC) and the Training for Peace Program (TfP). Ambassador Teffera Shiawl, CDRC and H.E. Ambassador Andreas Gaarder, from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Following this, there was a panel with presentations from the editors, Dr. John Karlsrud discussing UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era, and Dr. Cedric de Coning outlining UN Stabilisation operations as an emerging practice. SRSG Haile Menkerios, head of UNOAU and Dr. Jide Okeke, head of the Policy Development Unit, Peace Support Operations Division at the African Union Commission provided comments, reflecting on the UN-AU relationship, as well as drawing on parallels for AU Peace Support Operations. Participants included ambassadors, AU, UN, NATO, EU, diplomats and academics.

Synopsis of the book:

Recent UN peacekeeping experiences have challenged the traditional peacekeeping principles of consent, impartiality and the minimum use of force. The pace and scope of these changes have now reached a tipping point, as several new mandates are fundamentally challenging the continued validity of the UN peacekeeping’s core principles and identity.

This book analyses the growing gap between these actual practices and existing UN peacekeeping doctrine. It considers how the distance between the two undermines the effectiveness of UN operations, and endangers lives. The book argues that a common doctrine is a critical starting point for effective multi-national operations.

To access the concluding chapter written by Cedric de Coning, John Karlsrud and Aoi please visit


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