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Policy Papers - January 14, 2002

From Promise to Practice: Strengthening UN Capacities for the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Chandra Lekha Sriram

 

 

A report from the Project on Prevention, drawing out central lessons for the UN and other preventive actors from case studies on Kenya, Fiji, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Burundi, Georgia, East Timor, Liberia, and Colombia.
From the Executive Summary: In the fall of 2000, the International Peace Institute commissioned a series of nine case studies examining the practice of preventive action. This study builds on earlier work by IPI identifying important issues for further examination in preventive practice. The cases examined were representative of the broad and increasing scope of preventive action geographically and in terms of approaches deployed—from structural prevention to postconflict peacebuilding as prevention. These cases were Kenya, Fiji, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Tajikistan, Burundi, Georgia (Javakheti), East Timor, Liberia, and Colombia. The cases are being edited and compiled for publication in a subsequent book; this report seeks to draw out central policy lessons for preventive action by the United Nations (UN). Important lessons can be drawn out with implications for each specific situation; more cross-cutting lessons for the UN and other preventive actors can also be derived from the collected cases.

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