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About Dr. Bates Gill (US), New and seventh Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Intitute

Most interesting sentence:

The number of civilians mandated for roles in United Nations missions has increased, as has the number of multilateral civilian peace missions. Yet, the international community’s record in strengthening civilian capacities in peace operations is decidedly mixed. These efforts still lack conceptual coherency and intra- and inter-organizational cooperation, and major operational challenges persist. The emergent ambition to significantly reform and improve civilian operations is timely and much needed but should not have over-expectations of success at this point.

Phi Beta Iota:  The UN, despite its ponderous “dumb” bureaucracy and a plethora of spies who are more of a problem for their ignorance about their cover duties than as a welcome source of free meals, is actually maturing as an organization.  The signal endeavors are the Brahimi Report, the report of the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change; and most recently, the report of the Panel on Coherence, whose signal descriptor, “Deliver As One,” simultaneously defines the incapacity of the UN, and the objective.  The UN is also toying–with enormous resistance from the entrenched mandarins–with hybrid efforts such as are represented by the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).  The latter is very much in keeping with the brilliant analytics and related recommendations of J. F. Rischard, then World Bank Vice-President for Europe, whose book HIGH NOON: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them, which remains one of the seminal works of our time–elegant, erudite, relevant, and readable.  There is a hybrid, bottom-up, collective intelligence, non-zero revolution going on around the world. 

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