1st Edition

United Nations Peace Operations in Africa Civil-Military Coordination and State-Building

By Saleem Ahmad Khan Copyright 2023
    214 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    214 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    214 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations peace operations in Africa with a focus on civil-military coordination and state-building. With case studies from Sudan, South Sudan, and Congo, it examines themes like the colonization of Africa and long-term conflicts; United Nations peace operations in Africa from 1956-1964; and United Nations’ return to Africa in the 1990s and 2000s. The author investigates how modern civil-military coordination gradually becomes an effective tool to assist in national-level state-building in conflict-ridden countries. The volume also discusses the organizational culture of civilian and military entities as well as civil-military cooperation in health, agriculture, energy, sports, and education to showcase the strategic direction for long-term peace in the region. Rich in ethnographic analysis, this book will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of African Studies, UN studies, peace and conflict studies, defence and strategic studies, international relations, and military studies.

    Foreword by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1: Modern African Conflict, Evolution of Civil Affairs and Civil-Military Coordination in United Nations Peace Operations. 2: The Emergence of Modern Civil-Military Coordination in United Nations Peace Operations. 3: United Nations peace operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo: State-Building vis-à-vis Civil-Military Coordination. 4: The United Nations Peace Operations in Sudan: State-Building vis-à-vis Civil-Military Coordination. Conclusion. Bibliography. Glossary. Index


    Brigadier General Saleem Ahmad Khan (Retired) earned his PhD from the University of New Brunswick, Canada and became a historian. His other academic credentials are Masters of Philosophy, Strategy & Development Studies, War Studies and Defence Studies. He obtained Bachelor of Technology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He has wide range of experience in Bangladesh army including international peacekeeping experience. He authored three books, one chapter of a book and several articles. He is a Community of Expert of Pearson Peacekeeping Centre Canada, and a member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System. The author facilitated seminars on UN Peace Operations organized by Canadian Defence Academy in Uruguay, Indonesia, and the US. He presented conference papers at the Dalhousie University and University of New Brunswick in Canada, Central Michigan University and University of Maine in the US. He established a telecommunication and Information Technology firm “Trust Innovation Ltd” under the Bangladesh Army Welfare Trust and was its founder managing director. The author’s academic awards are first prize in oral presentation, Graduate Research Conference, University of New Brunswick, Canada; Milton Gregg United Nations Internship Award; Henry Harvey Stuart Research Award; President’s Doctoral Tuition Award; Second Best thesis in Master of War Studies, and one of the best theses in Master of Defence Studies.

    … In this book, the author brings the results of his in-depth research as well as personal experience on civil-military coordination during the United Nations peace operations in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He analyzed challenges of bringing various stakeholders: host government, the UN agencies, the UN peace operations components, and local community with different cultural background under one umbrella to undertake projects covering health, education, agriculture, energy, and sports sector. I believe his contributions will serve as examples for future operations. This book will certainly help design a platform of sustainable development in any conflict-ridden scenarios...

    - Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006


    "Khan’s new book presents an experience-centered, historical account of United Nations Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) teams in peacekeeping. I recommend checking it out!"

    Dr. Lise M. Howard, Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System


    …scholarly research linking history, conflict studies and international relations to UN peace operations with a focus on civil-military coordination as a critical tool of state-building...

    Dr. David C. Emelifeonwu, Canadian Defence Academy & Royal Military College of Canada

    …an outcome of in-depth background research on colonization, decolonization, and civil-military coordination in UN peace operations in Africa...

    Dr. Alistair D. Edgar, Department of Political Science Wilfrid Laurier University & Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada

    “… a must-read that fascinatingly portrays the ground realities and challenges of civil-military coordination in state-building during United Nations peace operations ……  Read this book and learn the art of coordination in a post-conflict multinational environment …”

    - Lieutenant General Abdul Hafiz (Retired), Former Force Commander United Nations Operation in Côte D'Ivoire & United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara


    “This work offers an important new perspective on UN peace operations in Africa from a practitioner-scholar with years of experience on missions across the region.”

     - Dr. Lee Windsor, The Gregg Centre/Dept of History, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada