Working Papers on the Future of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture (January 2010)

These essays emerge from a project examining the possible future role of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture. The project was co-organized by the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre, and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Working paper contributors were asked to identify “stretch targets” for the Peacebuilding Commission and its associated bodies over the next five to ten years, in order to stimulate fresh thinking about the UN’s role in peacebuilding.


No. 1: Kwesi Aning and Ernest Lartey, Establishing the Future State of the Peacebuilding Commission: Perspectives on Africa

No. 2: Thomas Biersteker and Oliver Jütersonke, The Challenges of Institution Building: Prospects for the UN Peacebuilding Commission

No. 3: Cedric de Coning, Clarity, Coherence and Context: Three Priorities for Sustainable Peacebuilding

No. 4: Rob Jenkins, Re-engineering the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

No. 5: Carolyn McAskie, 2020 Vision. Visioning the Future of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture

No. 6: Erin McCandless, In Pursuit of Peacebuilding for Perpetual Peace: Where the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture Needs to Go

No. 7: Angelika Rettberg, The Private Sector, Peacebuilding, and Economic Recovery: A Challenge for the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

No. 8: Eli Stamnes, Values, Context and Hybridity: How Can the Insights from the Liberal Peace Critique Literature Be Brought to Bear on the Practices of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture?

No. 9: Necla Tschirgi, Escaping Path Dependency: A Proposed Multi-Tiered Approach for the UN’s Peacebuilding Commission