Lessons from Non-UN Peace Operations: Parallel Forces and Regionally Led Peace Enforcement Missions

On November 4th, IPI together with the French Ministry of Armed Forces cohosted a policy forum on “Lessons from Non-UN Peace Operations: Parallel Forces and Regionally-Led Peace Enforcement Missions.”

Session 1: Lessons from Forces Operating in Parallel to UN Peace Operations

Session 2: Lessons from AMISOM for Non-UN Peace Operations

Partnerships between the UN and regional arrangements, including the African Union, European Union, and regional economic communities and mechanisms, are essential to effectively addressing complex peace and security challenges. Recognizing this, as part of the secretary-general’s Action for Peacekeeping initiative, more than 150 members states and four multilateral organizations, including the African Union and European Union, have committed to “enhance collaboration and planning between the UN and relevant international, regional, and sub-regional organizations and arrangements…while recognizing the need for a clear delineation of roles between respective operations.”

This event featured two panel discussions to launch IPI publications further exploring peacekeeping partnerships. The first panel, “Lessons from Forces Operating in Parallel to UN Peace Operations,” offered insights into the challenges and opportunities parallel forces present to UN peace operations, including how parallel forces may hinder or enable peacekeeping missions to fulfill their mandates. The second panel, “Lessons from AMISOM for Non-UN Peace Operations,” examined operational-level lessons from AMISOM’s activities and their implications for other non-UN peace operations.

Opening remarks:
Ms. Laure Bansept, Ministry of the Armies, Government of France

Session 1: Lessons from Forces Operating in Parallel to UN Peace Operations

Speakers:
Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff, IPI Non-resident Senior Fellow
Ms. Lisa Sharland, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Ms. Naomi Miyashita, UN Department of Peace Operations
Col. Richard Decombe, Defense Mission of the Permanent Mission of France to the UN

Moderator:
Dr. Namie Di Razza, IPI Senior Fellow, Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations

Session 2: Lessons from AMISOM for Non-UN Peace Operations (11:00am EST)

Speakers:
Dr. Paul Williams, The George Washington University
Mr. Rick Martin, UN Department of Operational Support
Dr. Sarjoh Bah, African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the UN
Ms. Chloe Marnay-Baszanger, Office of the High Commission for Human Rights

Moderator:
Mr. Jake Sherman, Director of IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations

Closing remarks:
Mr. Abdel-Fatau Musah, UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Department of Peace Operations