Rediscovering Preventive Diplomacy for Peace in the World’s Hotspots: A View from the United Nations
The world is experiencing a time of growing strain on United Nations peacekeeping operations and international fatigue associated with the costs of armed conflict and violence around the world. In response, the UN has increasingly shifted to use of preventive diplomacy and mediation as cost-effective options for responding to crises and escalating armed conflicts. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reinvigorated the UN’s work in this area, making it a cornerstone of his efforts to retool the UN and establish a more peaceful world.
On July 26, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement and the Managing Global Insecurity Project at Brookings hosted a discussion of the ongoing shift within the United Nations to bolster its diplomatic efforts. The event featured a keynote address by UN Under-Secretary-General Lynn Pascoe. Following his remarks, Paul B. Stares of the Council on Foreign Relations and David R. Smock of the United States Institute of Peace joined the discussion. Fellow Andrew Solomon, deputy director of the Brookings-Bern Project, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.
After the program, panelists took audience questions
My biggest concern is that Washington is signaling to Russia that it’s OK to meddle in the politics of sovereign nations which are your neighbors. Meddling is going on from Paris to Ukraine, from east to west and north to south, within Europe and at its borders, and always with the intent of undermining the credibility and effectiveness of democratic institutions. And it is being either denied or downplayed.