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'Peacekeeping, Conflict and Development: Where do we stand?'

'Peacekeeping, Conflict and Development: Where do we stand?'

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The continued prevalence of civil wars and complex internal conflicts in developing countries, especially in Africa, has prompted growing interest in the relationship between conflict, security and development and debate over what can be done to address conflict as an obstacle to development. This lecture will review the debate on these issues. Despite the commonplace assumptions that the occurrence of such conflicts is increasing and that they are near impossible to resolve, evidence suggests that incidence of wars, including civil wars, is in fact declining. Although complex internal conflicts are not easy to overcome, evidence also suggests that international peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts through institutions such as the UN are often successful.