1st Edition

UN Peacebuilding Architecture
The First 10 Years

ISBN 9781138650503
Published April 8, 2016 by Routledge
316 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Since its establishment, the UN's Peacebuilding Architecture (PBA) has been involved in peacebuilding processes in more than 20 countries. This edited volume takes stock of the overall impact of the PBA during its first decade in existence, and generates innovative recommendations for how the architecture can be modified and utilized to create more synergy and fusion between the UN's peace and development work.

The volume is based on commissioned research and independent evaluations as well as informed opinions of several key decision-makers closely engaged in shaping the UN's peacebuilding agenda. It seeks to find a balance between identifying the reality and constraints of the UN's multilateral framework, while being bold in exploring new and innovative ways in which the UN can enhance the results of its peace and development work through the PBA.

The research and writing of each chapter has been guided by four objectives:

  • to assess the overall impact of the PBA;
  • to generate innovative ideas for how the PBA can be made more effective post-2015;
  • to analyze the PBA’s role at the nexus of the UN's peace and development work; and
  • to consider what would be required for the PBA to increase and improve its impact in future.

It will be of interest to diplomats, UN officials, the policy community and scholars engaged in the debate following the 2015 review and the implementation of its recommendations, and will be an essential resource for UN and peacebuilding scholars.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Assessing the impact of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture Cedric de Coning and Eli Stamnes  PART I: SETTING UP THE UN PEACEBUILDING ARCHITECTURE  1. The vision and thinking behind the UN Peacebuilding Architecture Abiodun Williams and Mark Bailey  2. The dynamics that shaped the establishment of the Peacebuilding Architecture in the early years Necla Tschirgi and Richard Ponzio  PART II: THE PEACEBUILDING ARCHITECTURE’S INSTRUMENTS IN PRACTICE  3. The Peacebuilding Fund: From uncertainty to promise Jups Kluyskens  4. Achievements of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and challenges ahead Mariska van Beijnum  PART III: THE INSTITUTIONAL AND CONCEPTUAL IMPACT OF THE PEACEBUILDING ARCHITECTURE  5. The gender(ed) impact of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture Torunn L. Tryggestad  6. Bridging the gap? The UN Civilian Capacity initiative John Karlsrud and Lotte Vermeij  PART IV: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC IMPACT OF THE PEACEBUILDING ARCHITECTURE 7. The impact of the Peacebuilding Architecture in Burundi Susanna Campbell, Josiah Marineau, Tracy Dexter, Michael Findley, Stephanie Hofmann, and Daniel Walker  8. The impact of the Peacebuilding Architecture on consolidating the Sierra Leone peace process Fernando Cavalcante  9. The impact of the Peacebuilding Architecture on consolidating Liberia’s peace process Marina Caparini  10. The impact of the Peacebuilding Architecture in Guinea-Bissau Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto  11. Searching for a niche: UN peacebuilding in the Republic of Guinea Ian D. Quick  PART V: FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION  12. The future of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture Cedric de Coning and Eli Stamnes  13. Epilogue: The UN Peacebuilding Architecture—good intentions, confused expectations, faulty assumptions Judy Cheng-Hopkins

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Cedric de Coning is a Senior Research Fellow with the Peace and Conflict Peacebuilding Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and a Peacebuilding Advisor with ACCORD. His research focus is on AU, EU and UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding policies and practices.

Eli Stamnes is a Senior Researcher Fellow in the Peace and Conflict Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Her research interests revolve around critical approaches to peace and security, peacebuilding, conflict prevention, gender and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).


'This is a very important and timely book, providing an in-depth assessment of the first ten years of the United Nations’ Peacebuilding Architecture. It provides an historical overview of its creation and development over time, an appraisal of its performance and recommendations for improvements. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in peacebuilding, not in the least the Member States who are making decisions on the role of peacebuilding in the United Nations.' - Oscar Fernández-Taranco, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support  

'The rigorous and rich research contained in this volume is invaluable for efforts to move the Peacebuilding agenda forward at the UN and, ultimately, for strengthening our collective ability to prevent and respond to conflicts.' - Ambassador Olof Skoog, Swedish Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Chairperson of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (2015)

'Riveting and essential reading on how the UN translates decades of grassroots peacebuilding efforts into a global project that is "internally led and externally supported" with a brew of "good intentions, confused expectations, and faulty assumptions.' - Lisa Schirch, Research Director, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and Research Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University