Making peace operations work: The importance of local legitimacy

UN Photo/Albert González Fardan. UNAMID hosts cultural and sports event.

Jeni Whalan presented the findings from her recent book How Peace Operations Work at Chatham House on 31 January. Dr. Whalan addressed the issue of local support for peacekeeping operations and the overriding importance of local legitimacy – the perception among local actors that a peace operation, its personnel, and its objectives are right, fair, and appropriate. The roundtable discussion considered a number of practical policy recommendations to make peace operations both more legitimate and more effective.

The event was chaired by Lord Michael Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Acting Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House, and discussant Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (2011-2012).

The event was presented by the International Security department and the Asia programme.

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