- The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
- About the Editors
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The United Nations and Peacekeeping
- Trends in Peace Operations, 1947–2013
- Peacekeeping and International Law
- The United Nations’ Inter-organizational Relations in Peacekeeping
- Peace Operations and Humanitarian Interventions
- Evaluating Peace Operations
- Introduction: Peacekeeping in the Twenty-First Century: 1999–2013
- United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
- United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)
- United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
- United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)
- United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)
- United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET)
- United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
- United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)
- United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
- United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB)
- United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)
- United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)
- Expanded United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL II)
- African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)
- United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad I and II (MINURCAT I and II)
- United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
- United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)
- United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)
- United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS)
- United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), a peacekeeping mission established by the UN Security Council in July 2011 to support the government of South Sudan in the consolidation of peace and security. After providing an overview of the ongoing civil war and other armed conflicts in South Sudan, the chapter outlines UNMISS’s mandate and the mission’s attempts to implement it. The chapter then examines UNMISS’s achievements and limitations focusing on both operational and political challenges. It argues that during its first three years UNMISS struggled to find a credible balance between its, at times, conflicting mandates to: support the government, hold it accountable, and protect civilians.
Cedric de Coning is a Senior Research Fellow in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and he is also a Senior Advisor on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding for ACCORD. He serves as Special Advisor to the Head of the Peace Support Operations Division of the African Union Commission and he is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Group for the Peacebuilding Fund. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Global Governance and Peacebuilding. Cedric has a PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch. Cedric’s main research focus is on AU, EU and UN peacekeeping and peacebuilidng policies and practices. He has a special interest in the implications of complexity theory for the planning, management and evaluation of peace missions.
Diana Felix da Costa is a research associate at NUPI and a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
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