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date: 13 May 2021

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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.

Keywords: peacekeeping, UN Security Council, South Sudan, peace, security, civil war

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