Wednesday, 19.02.2020

Examining African-led Peace Operations

What are the comparative advantages and challenges of African-led peace operations?

A recent study by the RAND Corporation and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) analyzes what African-led peace operations have been able to accomplish. At this Luncheon Discussion, the lead author, Ambassador James Dobbins provided an overview of the study's key findings. Based on a number of case studies, Ambassador Dobbins highlighted the comparative advantage of African-led missions over other types of deployments, as well as the recurring challenges that they continue to face. He also presented proposals for improving African-led peace operations and for strengthening their international support. Special focus was given to the relationship with the UN and its peace operations.



  • Luise Rürup, Executive Director, FES New York
  • H.E. Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UN


  • H.E. James Dobbins, Senior Fellow and Distinguished chair in Diplomacy and Security, RAND Corporation
  • Stephanie Pezard, Ph.D., Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Professor Martin Revayi Rupiya, Innovation and Training Manager, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)


  • H.E. Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN


  • Volker Lehmann, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, FES New York

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