Operationalizing Conflict Prevention – The Role of United Nations Police


UN Police have been an established instrument in the peace and security toolbox since their first deployment in the 1960s. In the course of the last 50 years, their role has increasingly been framed as preventive. In addition to peacekeeping operations, UN Police have become a regular feature of special political missions in the last decade or so. In the context of the recent peace and security architecture reform, the Secretary-General formally assigned UN Police the role of a system-wide service provider.

In her new ZIF Policy Briefing „Operationalizing Conflict Prevention – The Role of United Nations Police“, Dr. Annika Hansen lays out the range of deployment settings where UN Police can contribute to prevention and discusses their organizational, financial and political challenges.