by David Curran, Melina Lito, Jonathan Gilmore and Catherine Jones
The Division of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford hosted a workshop on 8th July 2013 supported by Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict (GAPW), and the World Federalist Movement Canada, titled "Peacekeeping and Rapid Reaction: Towards the establishment of cosmopolitan capacities for rapid deployment." The workshop had two main goals. Firstly to chart the theoretical and practical development of peacekeeping operations, incorporating cosmopolitan approaches to international conflict resolution; secondly, to analyse the role of standing, rapid reaction peacekeeping capacities (at national and international levels) as suitable tools for governments, regional organisations and the United Nations.
This report outlines policy considerations which were evident during the discussions. A key theme emergent in the workshop was the requirement for dialogue over a number of areas – such dialogue would focus not just on where current capacities are short, but would also interrogate a range of possible ‘answers’ to capacity challenges.
Please click here to download the full report or the links below for the responses.
Response by Robin Collins: Shouldn’t UNEPS Advocacy be Front and Centre?
Response by Annie Hero: The UNEPS Proposal: A Novel Contribution to an Important Campaign?