Talk at the European Parliament on UN Rapid Response Capabilities for Peacekeeping & Genocide Prevention
On 21 March 2019 I was invited to contribute to a debate at the European Parliament on Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms in the context of a book launch of a new edited volume by Yf Reykers and John Karlsrud.
In the talk, I presented some of the key findings of the chapter contribution "UN Multinational Rapid Reaction Mechanisms: From SHIRBRIG to a UN Vanguard Force", co-written with my colleague Alexandra Novosseloff.
In the chapter we outlined the main challenges of over dozen attempts of creating a UN Rapid reaction capacity during the last six decades. The closest UN member states have come to realising this aim so far has been the creation of SHIRBRIG in 1999, which unfortunately was disbanded ten years later.
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