Books - May 13, 2013
Enabling Peace in Guatemala: The Story of MINUGUA
This book chronicles the critical role played by the United Nations in the immediate aftermath of the Guatemalan civil war, which ended in 1996 after more than thirty years of fighting and more than 200,000 lives lost. During the UN peace operation’s ten-year endeavor (1994-2004) to build conditions that would sustain a lasting peace in the country, the mission faced challenging political contexts and grappled with uncooperative political elites and persistent state corruption, organized crime, and social inequality.
Unusual among UN peace efforts because of its largely civilian nature, its General Assembly mandate, and its heavy reliance on UN volunteers to staff field offices, MINUGUA (UN Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of Compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in Guatemala) focused initially on human rights; beginning in 1997, however, its scope expanded to include verification of the full range of peace accords designed to end 36 years of civil war between the government and the revolutionary insurgency.
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Enabling Peace in Guatemala is the second volume in IPI’s Histories of UN Peace Operations, a project initiated by the UN’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), with the strong support of then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. It arose out of a recognition that, for all the academic literature about UN peace operations, the inside story of individual UN missions often went untold.
The first volume is: Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone: The Story of UNAMSIL.
About the Author:
William Stanley is professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. His publications include The Protection of the Racket State: Elite Politics, Military Extortion, and Civil Wars in El Salvador.
The Global Observatory
Mandela, Pan-African Prophet
Adekeye Adebajo writes that Mandela's legacy will be his export of the pan-African spirit of ubuntu: the gift of discovering our shared humanity.
How Mandela’s Relentless Diplomacy Transformed South Africa
Former US Ambassador John Hirsch traces the path of Mandela's relentless diplomacy.
Key Global Events to Watch in December
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
Top 10 Issues to Watch in 2013: The Multilateral Arena
Ten key issues that are likely to impact global affairs in international peace, security, and development.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
December 02, 2013
Latin America Focus of Fourth ''Being a Peacekeeper'' Event
On December 2-3, IPI brought together 24 representatives from eleven Latin American countries with senior officials from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support to discuss the current state—as well as the future—of Latin American military and police contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.
November 28, 2013
Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme.
November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?