About the book
UN peace operations are increasingly asked to pursue stabilization mandates with lofty expectations of being able to stabilize conflict zones, achieve national reconciliation, and rebuild state legitimacy. This book investigates the relationship between UN stabilization mandates and the concept of ‘human security’.
The book is divided into three parts. Part I outlines the emergence of stabilization and other trends in peacekeeping practice and outlines an analytical framework of human security.
Part II applies the analytical framework to case studies of MINUSMA, MINUSCA, and UNMISS examining issues, such as human rights, empowerment, protection, and vulnerability.
In Part III the book draws out several concerns that arise from stabilization mandates, including the militarisation of UN peace operations and the consequences under international humanitarian law, the risks of close cooperation with the host state and engagement in counter-terror activities, and the potential clash between peacebuilding activities and militarisation.
Presenter: Dr Alexander Gilder
Dr Alexander Gilder is Lecturer in International Law and Security at the University of Reading.
He undertakes interdisciplinary research on areas related to international peace and security having published on topics, such as UN peacekeeping, human security, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the use of force, and nuclear weapons at the International Court of Justice.
Discussant: Dr Kseniya Oksamytna
Dr Kseniya Oksamytna is a Lecturer in International Politics (Foreign Policy/Security) at City, University of London, and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.
Kseniya’s research interests are international organisations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and international norms.
Dr Andrew Wolman (City Law School)