1st Edition

Stabilization and Human Security in UN Peace Operations

By Alexander Gilder Copyright 2022
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    UN peace operations are increasingly asked to pursue stabilization mandates with lofty expectations of being able to stabilize conflict zones, achieve national reconciliation, and rebuild state legitimacy. This book investigates the relationship between UN stabilization mandates and the concept of ‘human security’.

    The book is divided into three parts. Part I outlines the emergence of stabilization and other trends in peacekeeping practice and outlines an analytical framework of human security. Part II applies the analytical framework to case studies of MINUSMA, MINUSCA, and UNMISS examining issues, such as human rights, empowerment, protection, and vulnerability. In Part III the book draws out several concerns that arise from stabilization mandates, including the militarisation of UN peace operations and the consequences under international humanitarian law, the risks of close cooperation with the host state and engagement in counter-terror activities, and the potential clash between peacebuilding activities and militarisation.

    The book will be a valuable resource for academics, policymakers and practitioners working on UN peacekeeping generally, and those specifically looking at stabilization, from the perspective of international relations, international law, peace and conflict studies, security studies and human rights.

    1 Introduction

    Part I Context and conceptual framework

    2 The many faces of UN intervention

    3 The concept of human security

    Part II Case studies

    4 United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

    5 United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

    6 United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)

    Part III Human security’s place in international peace and security

    7 The (in)compatibility of stabilization and human security

    8 Making use of human security


    Alexander Gilder is a Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    '...this book should be read by any legal or non-legal scholar interested in recent trends in peacekeeping operations...in the framework of an impressive knowledge of legal issues pertaining to peacekeeping missions...the content of each chapter is carefully researched, well-presented and full of interesting analysis...this concise and clever book deserves to be read widely, is going to be read widely and probably will spark more debate among peacekeeping experts and stakeholders from legal and non-legal fields alike.'

    Dr Marco Longobardo, Westminster Law School, UK; book review in Journal of Conflict & Security Law