Peacekeeping is at the centre of the UN’s efforts to maintain international peace and security. Today, more than 100,000 soldiers and police from 125 countries are serving as blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers around the world.
From the perspective of early May 2017, over three years on from the start of the conflict in Donbas, the notion that this might be a short-term crisis has now been firmly dispelled.
Those who have straddled both sides of the analyst/practitioner divide will be all too aware of the problems of applying theory to practice when it comes to conflict.
Community-oriented policing is not necessarily new, but its popularity has grown significantly over the recent past. The purpose of community policing is often to improve community-police relations and ensure greater police responsiveness to local safety and security issues.
In January 2017, a new Secretary-General, António Guterres, assumed office. There are several challenges that the he will have to address in the area of peacekeeping operations over his five-year term.
In a globalised world, few security issues can be addressed by a single actor or through the use of a single instrument.