Update on Peace Operations and COVID-19

Pandemic fallout: will the coronavirus lead to more violent conflict in Africa? (13.05.2020)

Some have warned that the coronavirus pandemic might lead to hunger, riots, instability, and civil war, especially in Africa. How likely are such worst-case scenarios?

The impact of COVID-19 on peace operations in Africa (13.05.2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted peace operations. In the short-term activities have been reduced to the most critical, rotations have been frozen, and most staff are working remotely. Most of the missions have adapted remarkably well. However, even more changes are likely in the...

Examining the longer-term effects of COVID-19 on UN peacekeeping operations (13.05.2020)

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has forced United Nations peacekeeping missions to reassess which of their activities are essential for carrying out their mandated responsibilities. Missions have also had to adapt operations to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to both the people the UN is tasked...

COVID-19: a threat to peace efforts in Africa (07.05.2020)

By restricting travel and closing borders, African nations hope to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But the measures also affect the movement of peacekeepers and aid, potentially intensifying conflicts.

The impact of COVID-19 on political tensions and conflict in Africa (06.05.2020)

Some of the measures taken to contain COVID-19 are increasing political tensions and heightening the risk for social unrest and violent conflict. At this stage there is no significant increase in the overall number of violent conflicts or fatalities, but a number of incidents are being reported...

Will lessons from Cholera in Haiti be applied to COVID-19? (06.05.2020)

In recent weeks, the United Nations Department of Peace Operations announced a series of protocol changes to reduce the risk that peacekeepers will introduce COVID-19 into vulnerable countries. As the introduction of cholera to Haiti in 2010 by UN peacekeepers demonstrates, such preventative...

How COVID-19 gave peace a chance, and nobody took it (05.05.2020)

Ceasefires are breaking down as America and China bicker at the UN.