Cedric de Coning is a Senior Research Fellow with the Peace and Conflict Research Group at NUPI and a Senior Advisor on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding for ACCORD. He served on the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group from 2012 to 2014, with DPKO in 2002 and in UNTAET (Timor Leste) in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002. He started his career as a South African diplomat in Washington D.C. and Addis Ababa. His co-edited books include “The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram”, Zed Books, 2016; “Insights from Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation”, Palgrave, 2016; “UN Peacebuilding Architecture: The First Ten Years”, Routledge, 2016; and “UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era”, Routledge, 2017.
UN peacekeeping under new leadership (1 February 2017) - 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.