BiographyCedric is currently and advisor to the High Representative of the AU Peace Fund, and he was previously an advisor to the head of the Peace Support Operations Division of the AUC. He has served on AU panels to review the African Standby Force (ASF) and AMISOM. He was a member of the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group, and he worked with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York and with UNTAET (Timor Leste). He started his career as a South African diplomat in Washington D.C. and Addis Ababa.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Peace Operations, Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, Sustaining Peace, Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, African Union, United Nations, Rising Powers, BRICS, Complexity
Published: May 03, 2016 by Resilience
Authors: Cedric de Coning
Subjects: Military & Security Studies
This article applies complexity theory to the peacebuilding field and finds that for a peace process to become self-sustainable, resilient social institutions need to emerge from within, i.e. informed by the local culture, history and socio-economic context. International peacebuilders can assist this process, but if they interfere too much they end up undermining the self-organising processes necessary to generate and sustain resilient social institutions.