EPON Blogs

Cyprus: Do “Old” Peacekeeping Missions Need to Break the Status Quo?

27th October 2021 | by Alexandra Novosseloff

This past July, the United Nations Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) with Resolution 2587. The Security Council has had Cyprus’ frozen conflict—often referred to by researchers and scholars as the “Cyprus problem”—on its agenda for 57 years, following the creation of UNFICYP …

The Congo, Afghanistan and the Limits of Outside Intervention

20th January 2021 | by Alan Doss

But even after the violence ends, post-conflict societies may still struggle with the challenges that led to intervention. So while its form may change, multilateral engagement should not die when the troops go home. An empowered UN Peacebuilding Commission, willing to cast a critical eye on the progress of peace, …

Civilian Protection Site

Placing people at the center of UN peace operations

3rd June 2020 | by Cedric de Coning & Linnéa Gelot

Peace operations are predominantly state-centric. A significant portion of the efforts of these operations are focused on supporting host government and state institutions, or threats to them. Placing people at the center of how peace operations are planned and how they assess their own performance will make the operations more …

COVID-19 virtual briefing

COVID-19 will change the way the UN conducts peacekeeping operations in the future

8th May 2020 | by Cedric de Coning

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted UN peacekeeping operations. In the short-term, activities have been reduced to the most critical, rotations have been frozen, and most staff are working remotely.


Protecting civilians after UNAMID: Options for a follow-on mission in Sudan

22nd April 2020 | by Ralph Mamiya

While the closure of the African Union-United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur is set for late this year, the size and scale of the follow-on mission for Sudan requested by the new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been the topic of significant debate.


The impact of COVID-19 on the performance of peace operations

3rd April 2020 | by Cedric de Coning

Between the African Union, European Union, OSCE, NATO and United Nations there are approximately 160,000 civilian, police and military personnel deployed in more than 50 missions.

Principled Peacekeeping Works

Principled Peacekeeping Works

20th March 2020 | by Cedric de Coning

Over the past few years, the performance of UN peacekeeping operations has come increasingly under the spotlight. It started with financial pressure, especially but not exclusively by the United States Government, to reduce the overall cost of UN peacekeeping operations.

IDP Camp Bunia

ThucyBlog n° 7 – Les opérations de maintien de la paix sont-elles efficaces ?

4th February 2020 | by Cedric de Coning

Le réseau sur l’efficacité des opérations de paix (Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network – EPON) est un groupe de recherche international constitué de plus de 40 institutions qui mènent collectivement des recherches sur l’efficacité de certaines opérations de paix.

A troubled yet needed Mission

8th November 2019 | by Jaïr van der Lijn

Examining why MINUSMA’s effectiveness in terms of stabilisation and the protection of civilians has decreased since 2016.

IDP Camp Bunia

Are peace operations effective? Emerging trends and observations from the studies of the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network

7th November 2019 | by Cedric de Coning

Discussing some of the cross-cutting trends and observations that have emerged from the first four EPON studies that have been published.

Tomping Juba

Assessing the impact of the UN Mission in South Sudan – dilemmas of protection

6th November 2019 | by Adam Day

As UNMISS stands on the edge of another fragile peace process, it is worth briefly recalling the protection challenges EPON faced during their visit.


Assessing the effectiveness of the UN mission in the Central African Republic

6th November 2019 | by Lise Howard

Encapsulating some of the findings of the forthcoming 2020 EPON report on MINUSCA.