There are several on-going projects within the research area of Peace Support Operations. A sample of projects is presented below.
The project Peace Support Operations focuses mainly on the Swedish military engagement in international operations. The project conducts evaluations as well as research on concepts and trends that affect the future development of operations. The research covers a broad spectrum of issues related to conflict and peacekeeping to mirror the complexity of contemporary conflict management. This includes civil-military cooperation, Security Sector Reform, Gender and Protection of Civilians. For further information please contact Kristina Zetterlund, Project Manager.
Evaluation of Peace Support Operations is a great challenge. Most methods currently used do not match the needs and expectations of the decision-makers. The project Methods to follow-up and evaluate Peace Support Operationsstudies what the difficulties are and what could be done to improve current methods. The project also cooperates with a network of international evaluation experts, such as The Phoenix Network. For further information please contact Jan Frelin, Project Manager.
Africa is a continent experiencing a strong but heterogeneous political and economic development. The Studies in African Security programme focuses on international Peace Support Operations on the African continent, including security policy and strategic conditions. Besides monitoring and analysis of the security situation in Africa, the FOI Studies in African Security team currently conducts a number of thematic studies centred on issues such as e.g. country, region and actor analyses, the emerging structures and architecture for peace and security in Africa (APSA) and external actors' interests and strategies in Africa. For further information please contact Magdalena Tham Lindell, Team Leader. More information on this programme can be found here.
The FOI Sanctions Platform. Sanctions have an increasingly important role in states’ and regional organizations’ political arsenal. EU, UN or unilateral targeted sanctions stretch thematically over a number of subject areas and geographical regions. Moreover, sanctions acquire greater dissipation. Beyond the Security Council the EU has become a significant participant. Also, cooperation has developed between UN and African Union (AU). Therefore, in order to enhance our understanding of henotic efforts and security political processes, it is crucial to understand how sanctions work, why they are resolved and in what ways they can be maintained. Alongside the political and practical usage of sanctions, they also create a number of question regarding power, causality, security, efficiency and method. In order to better understand sanctions, FOI has established a research platform. The purpose of this is to establish FOI as a node within research and policy and to spread knowledge about targeted sanctions. The project intends to create a national network between different Swedish authorities and their stakeholders. In addition, the aim is to initiate research. In long term, the project intends to serve as an active and internally financed platform where FOI, other authorities, researchers and public can receive knowledge and support in understanding how sanctions work in the security environment. The project will relate openly to which kind of research questions that will be answered since sanction politics expresses different forms and can therefore be studied in different ways. For further information pleace contact Mikael Eriksson. The article Targeted Sanctions as a Foreign and Security Policy Instrument contains further information on sanctions.
The link collection on the sanctions platform is containing links that are related to sanctions.
Open the link collection here. (Last uppdated 2013-01-24)