Updated: 18-Oct-2002 October 2002

11 Oct. 2002


Strengthening regional
approaches to peace operations

NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, gave one of the keynote addresses at a conference held in Paris on "The UN, the EU, NATO and other regional actors: Partners in Peace?", 11-12 October. The aim of the conference was to analyse and discuss specific suggestions for greater interaction between international and regional organisations in conducting peace operations in Europe, with the overall objective of strengthening regional approaches to these operations.

The conference was jointly sponsored by the International Peace Academy, the European Union Institute for Security Studies and the Directorate for Strategic Affairs. It was organised into three sessions. The first, on cooperation in peace operations in Europe, examined evolving relationships on the political, doctrinal and operational levels, with special attention given to the role of the United States and Russia in the region. The second session focused on managing security sector reform in Europe, in particular, coordinating institutional responses after a conflict, the role of the military after a conflict, strengthening police capacity and reviving the judicial and penal system. The third session was on regional approaches to peace operations. It aimed to compare experiences in Europe and in other regions and to suggest ways to improve cooperation between the UN and regional organisations.

This was the closing conference in a project launched in 2000 on the UN, NATO and other regional actors in the 21st century: Partners in peace. This project sought to look into cooperation between regional organisations in conflict management to be able to develop specific suggestions for future interaction.

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