Partnerships necessary to achieve peace and security

New book: ‘Legitimacy, Peace Operations and Global-Regional Security’

In today’s peace operations, the trend is for several organisations to work together. For example, in Africa the UN often enlists regional organisations such as the African Union to help it achieve international peace and security. Debates over the appropriate relationship between the UN and regional arrangements are only going to intensify. Contributing to that debate, this newly published book by NAI researcher Linnéa Gelot investigates the joint effort made by the African Union and the UN to bring security and to protect civilians in Darfur, Sudan.

The book 'Legitimacy, Peace Operations and Global-Regional Security - The African Union-United Nations Partnership in Darfur'  focuses on the collaboration that takes place in the field of conflict management between the UN and the African regional level. Novel perspectives on the relationship are presented through the lens of international legitimacy. Illustrating the importance of legitimacy with the case of the conflict in Darfur, Gelot argues that the AU and the UN Security Council fight for legitimacy to ensure their positions of authority and to improve the chances of success of their activities. She explains how the AU benefitted from the UN’s international legitimacy for its AMIS mission in Darfur, and how the UN depended on the local and regional legitimacy of the AU for the successful transition of the Darfur mission to UNAMID. She finds that the mutual recognition of the tangible value derived from this legitimacy allowed the relationship between the UN and the AU to mature into a partnership. It demonstrates in regard to the case of Darfur why and how legitimacy matters for states, international organisations, and also for global actors and local populations.

How to order the book ‘Legitimacy, Peace Operations and Global-Regional Security’ (website opens in new window).

Said about the book:

'It provides a sophisticated discussion of the many challenges that arise when the global organization is seen as illegitimate by the host government while the regional organization lacks the capabilities to carry out the robust peacekeeping required to protect civilians.' - Paul D. Williams, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, USA.

'Gelot’s book tackles the complex links between legitimacy and power head-on and unmasks the important role collective legitimation plays in fostering regional-global relations.' - Cedric de Coning, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway.

'Simply the best book available on the global-regional security partnership! Through an innovative lense of international legitimation, Gelot leads the way into the next generation of scholarly work on the much-discussed partnership between the United Nations and regional organizations.' - Fredrik Söderbaum, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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