The meaning of ‘Stabilization’ in peace operations

This event will be in Zoom

There remains an unanswered question from the 2015 High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations on the meaning of ‘stabilization’ given the UN’s ‘wide range of interpretations’. The term ‘stabilization’ has, over the last decade, become a buzzword within the UN Security Council. However, the UN has not formally adopted a definition of the term or clear policy guidelines on what activities a stabilization mission will entail. In practice, the operations that use the term stabilization have a range of different activities in their mandates.

In this webinar participants will provide critical perspectives on the definition and meaning of stabilization. Regional perspectives of states involved in stabilization will be incorporated into the discussions reflecting on the practices of the international community. The participants will reflect on the implementation of stabilization and provide normative views on how the UN, and states, should develop its policies and practices in the field.

Chair: Dr Alexander Gilder (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Dr Arthur Boutellis (International Peace Institute)

Dr Tom Buitelaar (Leiden University)

Professor Cedric de Coning (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI))

Dr Natasha Kuhrt (Kings College London)

Dr Giulia Piccolino (Loughborough University)

Seán Smith (Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC))

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