Constructing Peace, Piece by Piece


  • Carina Lamont

Publish date: 2014-10-22

Report number: FOI-R--3916--SE

Pages: 80

Written in: English


  • peace operations
  • peace building
  • peacekeeping
  • military
  • police
  • coordination
  • human security


To build peace after war constitutes a substantial challenge. Nevertheless, it is essential to create conditions that are conducive to enabling peace in conflictaffected environments. This report holds that security created through the efforts of military and police actors can constitute an important bridge between shortterm peacekeeping activities and long-term peace-building in post-conflict environments. Delineations between military and police arenas and coordination between military and police actors may thus be crucial to the prospects of building peace after war. The roles assigned different security actors in the peace operation, from the perspective of the overarching goal of the operation, determine the tasks assigned each actor. The tasks, in turn, determine when and how coordination between actors is needed. This study maintains that the strategic notions of the roles that actors have in creating security are too vague to guide the identification of tasks, and thus to enable effective coordination between military and police actors. Knowing when and how coordination is necessary in peace operations requires a clear strategic notion of the division of labour that takes into account the breadth of the existing security needs and its temporal variations. Such strategic security architecture can thus guide the identification of when and how coordination between military and police actors is needed in peace operations.

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