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PK Salon: First Question

As Bill Durch aptly points out in the paper (pdf), the surge in UN peacekeeping has been neither met by commensurate increases in the number of staff in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), nor by commensurate increases in the funding streams available to DPKO. Is peacekeeping reaching its breaking point? Is there a future for UN peacekeeping? If so, what can be done to boost peacekeeping’s capacity to deal with the multitude of challenges it faces?

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UN Dispatch Salon: UN Peacekeeping’s Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Administration

On January 20, 2009, the next President will have a unique opportunity to create a new global agenda for the United States and right the course of America’s foreign policy. William Durch, from the Stimson Center, has published a paper (pdf), through the Better World Campaign, that discusses the importance of confronting the challenges and opportunities of UN peacekeeping through that agenda.

To foster that discussion, UN Dispatch and Foreign Policy Passport are hosting an online salon, in which the following have graciously agreed to participate:

  • David Bosco
  • William Durch
  • Tod Lindberg
  • Mark Malan
  • Eric Reeves

Mark Goldberg and Blake Hounshell, the Web editor at Foreign Policy, will moderate.

Over the next few days, they will discuss Bill’s ideas, as well as their own. We hope you will join this discussion too. You can submit comments, subscribe to the salon RSS feed, bookmark the salon archive, or submit your own ideas on OnDayOne.org. Enjoy.

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UN Dispatch Salon: UN Peacekeeping’s Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Administration

On January 20, 2009, the next President will have a unique opportunity to create a new global agenda for the United States and right the course of America’s foreign policy. William Durch, from the Stimson Center, has published a paper (pdf), through the Better World Campaign, that discusses the importance of confronting the challenges and opportunities of UN peacekeeping through that agenda.

To foster that discussion, UN Dispatch and Foreign Policy Passport are hosting an online salon, in which the following have graciously agreed to participate:

  • David Bosco
  • William Durch
  • Tod Lindberg
  • Mark Malan
  • Eric Reeves

Mark Goldberg and Blake Hounshell, the Web editor at Foreign Policy, will moderate.

Over the next few days, they will discuss Bill’s ideas, as well as their own. We hope you will join this discussion too. You can submit comments, subscribe to the salon RSS feed, bookmark the salon archive, or submit your own ideas on OnDayOne.org. Enjoy.

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World Food Program Faces $750 million Shortfall

This is pretty bad news. In February, the World Food Program predicted that it would need an additional $500 million to feed all the 73 million people that depend on WFP food aid. Food prices have risen so sharply since then, the WFP has had to re-calculate its costs. Today, the WFP is asking for an additional $750 million to the $2.9 billion for which it has already asked. From the UN News Center:

In late February, WFP announced that it required an additional $500 million, on top of its original appeal for this year of $2.9 billion, to carry out its efforts, but surging food prices have led WFP to revise that figure upwards to $756 million.

The cost of rice in Thailand, for example, swelled from $460 per ton on 3 March to $780 five weeks later.

WFP warned that prices could rice even higher. “We are not looking at a picture anymore, we are watching a movie,” the agency’s Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva today. To date, $900 million has been received towards WFP’s original appeal.

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World Food Program Faces $750 million Shortfall

This is pretty bad news. In February, the World Food Program predicted that it would need an additional $500 million to feed all the 73 million people that depend on WFP food aid. Food prices have risen so sharply since then, the WFP has had to re-calculate its costs. Today, the WFP is asking for an additional $750 million to the $2.9 billion for which it has already asked. From the UN News Center:

In late February, WFP announced that it required an additional $500 million, on top of its original appeal for this year of $2.9 billion, to carry out its efforts, but surging food prices have led WFP to revise that figure upwards to $756 million.

The cost of rice in Thailand, for example, swelled from $460 per ton on 3 March to $780 five weeks later.

WFP warned that prices could rice even higher. “We are not looking at a picture anymore, we are watching a movie,” the agency’s Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva today. To date, $900 million has been received towards WFP’s original appeal.

Read more.

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Peacekeeping Salon Participants

David Bosco is a contributing writer at Foreign Policy magazine and assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service. He is currently writing a book on the U.N. Security Council. He was senior editor at Foreign Policy between 2004 and 2006. More.
William J. Durch is a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center in the Future of Peace Operations Program. Prior to joining the Center in 1990, he served in the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Since joining Stimson, he has been seconded as a Scientific Advisor to the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency and served as Project Director for the United Nations Panel on UN Peace Operations (the Brahimi Report). He also serves as a consultant to the multinational Challenges of Peacekeeping project and directly for the United Nations on projects focused on improving the effectiveness of peacekeeping at headquarters and in the field. More.
Mark Goldberg is a senior contributor to American Prospect and UN Dispatch and a writer in residence at the United Nations Foundation. More.
Blake Hounshell is Web editor at Foreign Policy. He edits FP’s blog, Passport, and Web exclusives for ForeignPolicy.com. More.
Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and editor of Policy Review, Hoover’s Washington, D.C.–based bimonthly journal of essays, social criticism, and reviews on politics, government, and foreign and domestic policy. He is also the author of of The Political Teachings of Jesus, a close reading of Jesus’s Gospel statements about worldly affairs. More.
Mark Malan is the Peacebuilding Program Officer at Refugees International. He also serves as the Executive Coordinator for the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping. From 2004 to 2006, he headed the Conflict Prevention, Management, and Resolution Department at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center. He also served for 20 years in the South African military, where he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and held a variety of posts, including senior lecturer in Political Science at the South African Military Academy. More.
Eric Reeves is a professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College. He has spent the past nine years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. His book about Darfur, A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide was published in May 2007. More.

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