Aligning Justice and Security Interventions to Revamp the U.N.

U.N. peacekeepers from Bangladesh arrive at the Niger Battalion Base in Ansongo, Mali, Feb. 25, 2015 (U.N. photo by Marco Dormino).
U.N. peacekeepers from Bangladesh arrive at the Niger Battalion Base in Ansongo, Mali, Feb. 25, 2015 (U.N. photo by Marco Dormino).

This fall the United Nations will celebrate its 70th birthday. As for most 70-somethings, the commemoration evokes nostalgia for a more idealistic time, reflections on creaky joints and renewed hopes for the future. To be sure, this grand edifice of mid-20th century geopolitics needs some serious refurbishing to align its mission and capabilities with the demands of the 21st-century world. Migration crises affecting Africa, Europe and Asia in unprecedented numbers; war in Sudan and enduring conflict in Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere; and failing U.N. peace processes for Syria and Yemen show clearly that the current global […]

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