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UN Peacekeeping09This annual conference, jointly organised by the United Nations Association Westminster Branch and RUSI, has established itself as one of the UK's most authoritative reviews of UN peacekeeping activities.

The programme will comprise a morning session followed by the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.

Following the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, requests to contribute to UN peace support programmes will surely follow. What expertise has it gained which can be successfully applied to UN peace support operations? UN forces now operate under more robust mandates. The deployment of the Intervention Brigade and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bring a new identity and commitment, demanding logistical expertise and co-ordination. Anti-personnel mines continue to hamper post-conflict development, so combat casualties, civilians and refugees may well benefit from experience gained in trauma treatment and field surgery.

How should the UK re-engage in UN peacekeeping, consistent with its status as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council? Experts in international military affairs will explore options, sharing views on where its expertise can be utilised to wider benefit and how it can again play a lead role in UN peacekeeping.

Featured speakers and topics include:

12th Folke Bernadotte Lecture
The UK’s Future Role in Support of UN Peacekeeping Activities

Chairman: Professor Oliver Ramsbotham, Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford 

Lecture by: Melinda Simmons, Head, Conflict Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Reassessing the UK’s Potential Role in UN Peacekeeping

Chairman: Professor Michael Clarke, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute                         

Speakers: Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Mike Harwood CB CBE MA, former Head, British Defence Staff, Washington, DC and UK Representative to the UN Military Staff Committee, New York (2008-2012) 

Major General (Ret’d) Peter Williams CMG OBE, former Deputy Chief UN Military Observer, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Richard Norton-Taylor, Defence and Security Writer, The Guardian

Cenotaph Memorial

Members of the diplomatic community and other organisations will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph at 1300 in remembrance of those from the 120 participating nations who have been killed whilst serving as UN peacekeepers.

The conference fee of £15, with a special rate of £6 for students, includes related documents and morning refreshments.

To attend this event, please register online using the "Book your place" button above. If you have any queries please contact Sarah Morrison, Members' Events Co-ordinator, at or call +44 (0)20 7747 2600.

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