Preventing Small Fires from Becoming Big Fires: Successful Preventive Diplomacy by the UN

Author: Kristi Flaherty

From its inception, the United Nations (UN) has engaged in preventive diplomacy in situations of conflict in order to prevent the outbreak of large-scale violence. A 2015 report on UN Peace Operations and support from UN Secretary-General António Guterres has led to renewed interest in preventing violence through diplomacy. This issue of Peace Policy offers insight into successful preventative diplomacy by the UN, with case studies on effective interventions during the 2015 Nigerian election and efforts to prevent military escalation between Israel and Lebanon.  

New posts in the October 2018 issue of Peace Policy:

Laurie Nathan, Rebecca Brubaker, Adam Day, and João Honwana provide an overview of research on UN diplomacy for peace and highlight six factors that are critical for successful preventative diplomacy. More »

Laurie Nathan looks at successful diplomatic measures taken to reduce the risk of violence in the lead-up to the 2015 Nigerian election. More »

Adam Day reviews actions taken by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon to prevent escalating violence between Israel and Lebanon in 2015. More »

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