IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsUN Security Council Strategies for Managing Civil Wars Evolving

 

print print  |  share share back back

Panel Discussions - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UN Security Council Strategies for Managing Civil Wars Evolving

A policy discussion around a new IPI report on UN Security Council strategies for managing civil wars included comments by Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, who called the report "fascinating" and said that "it shows a Security Council which is continually evolving."

The report's findings were presented at the September 14th event by Christoph Mikulaschek, IPI Senior Policy Analyst. Mr. Mikulaschek’s analysis summarized the report, which presents insights from a new dataset compiled at IPI. The report and the discussions at the policy forum illustrate that the UN Security Council has been moving from a stance of nonengagement with civil wars to one of systematic engagement with internal armed conflict over the past twenty years.

The report is the first publication produced by IPI’s multiyear research project on compliance with UN Security Council resolutions in civil wars, and shows that, though the Security Council has transformed its repertoire of civil-war response strategies, the evolution in the Security Council’s practice did not develop evenly over time. The Council’s engagement in conflict management also greatly varied between different civil-war situations.

Referring to climate change and organized crime as new drivers of armed conflict, Ambassador Rosenthal said that “the considerable evolution in the way the Security Council engages with conflict will continue to change in the future, perhaps radically.”

Professor Michael W. Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science at Columbia University, offered a wide-ranging analysis of the Security Council’s mixed record in managing contemporary civil wars. He noted that “we see, on the positive side, a great deal of institutional growth that is, in some respects, surprising, and on the negative side, we see problems with effectiveness.”

The event was chaired by Dr. Edward C. Luck, IPI Senior Vice President for Research and Programs, and attracted a diverse audience of more than one-hundred diplomats, scholars, and representatives of the UN Secretariat.

 Read report

See Mr. Mikulaschek's presentation (.ppt)

 Read event transcript

The Global Observatory

Defying Spain, Catalans Vote for Independence, But What’s Next?
The unofficial Catalan referendum has raised several questions about Catalonia’s future and its relationship with Madrid.

Key Global Events to Watch in November
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

November 05, 2014
Top-Down Governance Hurts Women, Youth Participation
Governments in the Sahel and Maghreb are still using top-down approaches to governance that make it hard for women and youth to have a say in public life, even though their participation can help their governments’ struggle against instability and extremism.

November 03, 2014
Apakan on Ukraine: "To Be Present Is Important"
On November 3rd, IPI’s Vienna office hosted Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

November 03, 2014
Enhancing Women's Share in Peace and Security
“We did not want to make war safe for women; we wanted to end war for everyone,” Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury said, recalling the goal of a new resolution he introduced as president of the Security Council in the year 2000.

View More