Note Countries at the Crossroads is an annual survey of government performance in 60 strategically important countries worldwide that are at a critical crossroads in determining their political future. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings – examining government accountability, civil liberties, rule of law, anticorruption efforts and transparency – are intended to help international policymakers identify areas of progress, as well as to highlight areas of concern that could be addressed in diplomatic efforts and reform assistance.
Global Policy Forum. Peacekeeping.
Monitors policy making at the UN, promote accountability of global decisions, educate and mobilize for global citizen participation, and advocate on vital issues of international peace and justice.
International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
Eliminating Nuclear Threats – A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers
International Conflict Resolution: Information Sources
Coloumbia University Libraries provides a selective guide to library materials and Internet resources on international conflict resolution, disarmament, arms control, and peacekeeping.
International Peace Research Institute, Oslo
The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) is an independent research institute known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities.
Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation
The OECD DAC Handbook on SSR: Supporting Security and Justice provides guidance to operationalise the 2005 DAC Guidelines on Security System Reform and Governance and closes the gap between policy and practice. It largely follows the external assistance programme cycle and contains valuable tools to help encourage a dialogue on security and justice issues and to support an SSR process through the assessment, design and implementation phases. It also provides new guidance on monitoring, review and evaluation of SSR programmes, and highlights how to ensure greater coherence across the different actors and departments engaged in SSR.
The International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) is a unique decision-making forum which brings together diverse stakeholders to support development outcomes in the world’s most challenging situations.
Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States
Development Ministers and Heads of Agencies endorsed the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States at the High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on 3-4 April 2007 in Paris. This endorsement signals a commitment to adapt our approach, policies and business practices to improve our engagement in fragile states. The DAC Fragile States Group will support implementation of the Principles, already piloted in nine countries, in all fragile states and at donors’ headquarters.
United Nations Organizations
UN Institute for Disarmament Research publications on peacekeeping.
United Nations. Peace and Security.
The “Peace and Security” page from the official UN website.
Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
(PKSOI) U.S. Army
Search “peacekeeping” for publications.
United States Insititute for Peace Resources and Tools
USIP regularly publishes an array of comprehensive analysis and policy recommendations on current international affairs issues, especially on the prevention and resolution of conflict. USIP resources also include practical tools, training and courses for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
The Peace Agreements Digital Collection, part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management, strives to contain the full text of agreements signed by the major contending parties ending inter- and intra-state conflicts worldwide since 1989. It is a collection constantly under development by the Jeannette Rankin Library Program as a means to strengthen worldwide access to information on peaceful means to end international conflict.
Truth Commission: Solomon Islands
Tensions in the Solomon Islands reached heightened levels in 1998, when fighting between rival armed ethnic factions led to a civil war. The conflict erupted on Guadalcanal and Malaita, two islands forming part of the Solomon Islands. Violent clashes took place between the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) – fighting for the Malaitan settlers on Guadalcanal – and the Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM) claiming to represent the indigenous residents of the island. The violent struggle for political power, land, jobs, and status led to at least 100 deaths and more than 20,000 displaced. The Townsville Peace Agreement was signed in 2000. In 2003, the violence was quelled by Australian peacekeepers who continue to operate with the consent of the government of the Solomon Islands. In August 2008, Shemuel Sam Iduri, Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, introduced a Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill to Parliament. On April 29, 2009, the TRC was formally inaugurated in the presence of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.