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A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

Alan Doss
A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars
ISBN: 978-1-62637-866-7
$55.00
ISBN: 978-1-62637-880-3
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Forthcoming February 2020/335 pages/LC: 2019035032
A Project of the International Peace Institute
"An insightful account by a seasoned UN diplomat on his leadership in four major conflicts on the African continent. Doss not only openly details the crucial steps [taken] and challenges he encountered . . . but also willingly offers the reader forthright explanations and justifications for the choices he made. The book offers some important analysis and policy dilemmas for today's peacekeepers and the United Nations as it grapples with some complex global conflicts." —Comfort Ero, Africa Director, International Crisis Group

"Whoever convinced Alan Doss to write this book has done justice not only to him but to history. It is a brilliant piece of work." —Zainab Bangura, Former Foreign Minister, Sierra Leone

"Heading a United Nations peace operation is one of the hardest jobs in the world, requiring a unique mix of diplomatic, managerial and advocacy skills. Alan Doss was among the best. . . . His book should be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand what it takes to end wars in these turbulent times through the eyes of someone who was at the center of the storm." —Ian Johnstone, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

"Peacekeeping where there often is little peace to keep is one of the world's toughest jobs. No one understands this better than Alan Doss, who has lived it and reflected on it deeply. This extraordinary book combines insights and lessons for those who make policy and those who try to make it work in some of the most difficult contexts.”—John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School

"Few people have the peacebuilding experience of Alan Doss. Stabilising and fixing failed states involves devising and implementing complex solutions to intricate problems, keeping partners onside and moving forward. From Congo to Liberia, facilitating local ownership and aligning foreign assistance requires at its heart decisive and adroit leadership. Read this outstanding memoir, and learn."—Greg Mills, Brenthurst Foundation

DESCRIPTION

Alan Doss offers a rare window into the real world of UN peacekeeping missions in Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Doss's story is one of presidents and prelates, warlords and warriors, heroes and villains, achievements and disappointments—and innocent people caught in the midst of deadly violence. As he shares his front-line experiences, he reflects on the reasons for successes and failures and on the qualities that leaders need to successfully guide efforts to rebuild peace and prosperity in devastated societies. Not least, he also considers the UN's future role in conflict prevention and peacekeeping in a climate of increasing resistance to intervention in "other people's wars."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alan Doss served, among other peacekeeping posts in Africa, as special representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC and Liberia and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC. He is now president of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

CONTENTS

  • Foreword—Terje Rød-Larsen.
  • A Journey in Peacekeeping.
  • THINGS FALL APART: WEST AFRICAN WARS.
  • Sierra Leone: The Search for Peace.
  • Côte d'Ivoire: The War of Succession.
  • Liberia: From War to Peace.
  • WARS WITHOUT WINNERS: PEACEKEEPING IN THE CONGO.
  • Into the Cauldron: Congo Past and Present.
  • Crisis Without End: The Kivu Wars.
  • The Contagion of Conflict: Other Places, Other Wars.
  • Pursuing Peace: Stabilization, Peacebuilding, and Transition.
  • OUT OF THE SHADOWS: THE PROMISE OF PEACE.
  • Great Expectations: Intervention and Its Conceits.
  • Pipe Dreams and Possibilities: Navigating Pathways to Peace.
  • MOVING FORWARD: PEACEKEEPING TODAY AND TOMORROW
  • A Job Like No Other: Leading Peacekeeping Missions.
  • Facing the Future: Actions for Peace.