What is it about?

Contemporary Peace Support Operations are multidimensional and multifunctional, requiring diverse skills and competencies to deal with the realities and aftermath of conflict most especially in Africa. Civilian dimensions, though crystallising, complement the military and police components. Enhancing the capacities of civilians will enable them to play their roles effectively in mandate implementation. The article highlighted the achievements, existing gaps, challenges and prospects for civilian dimensions in Africa.

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Why is it important?

It is important because there is a general lack of understanding about the roles civilians are expected to play in a peace mission.


This article is timely as it addresses a developing area of peace support operations in Africa. As countries move from conflict to peace, civilian capacities provide the human resource to facilitate a seamless transition. The civilians will sustain the peace and build the broken communities to avert relapse. I hope the article will provide scholars and practitioners with knowledge on the subject and stimulate more research to cover existing gaps.

National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria

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This page is a summary of: Civilian Dimensions of Peace Support Operations in Africa, Journal of International Peacekeeping, October 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/18754112-25030001.
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