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date: 24 September 2021

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This article discusses various developments that have affected the ‘diplomacy of UN peacekeeping’, understood as the diplomacy and mediation efforts initiated by impartial UN representatives in conflict and post-conflict situations. It begins with a discussion of the dramatic shift in UN peacekeeping that occurred in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The article then considers UN diplomacy and mediation; UN peacekeeping at a crossroads; the gap between intent and implementation; the case of Afghanistan; UN peacekeeping without the West; and a ‘new horizon’ for UN peacekeeping diplomacy.

Keywords: UN peacekeeping, diplomacy, mediation, Afghanistan

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