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A Permanent United Nations Armed Intervention Force?

13:00, 30 Oct 2008
RUSI, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET

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About the event:

UN Intervention

The development of a military intervention capability specifically owned by the UN has been a significant issue from the early days of the organisation. The issue continues to be one that is fundamental to the purpose and effectiveness of the UN and the broader matter of an international basis, framework and capacity for the rule of law.

Held in association with the United Nations Association of the UK (UNA-UK), this event will highlight a recently published article in the RUSI Journal (June 2008), commissioned by UN-Shield on the practicalities of the UN creating its own permanent armed military intervention force. The report covers the early record of the UN’s approach to military intervention and peacekeeping, and then moves on to consider the practicalities for creating, deploying and sustaining an intervention force in today’s world.  The panel discussion is intended to provoke discussion of the broad subject of a UN-owned military capability anew and to scope the range of issues that would need to be addressed in the broadest outline.


1215-1300 Lunch
1300 Chair and Introductory Comments – Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair, United Nations Association of the UK
1310 Keynote Lecture - Is a Permanent Armed Intervention Force the Way forward for the UN?Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the UN, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1330 Presentation of the RUSI Report, A Permanent UN Military Intervention Capability: Some Practical Considerations by Michael Codner, Director, Military Sciences Department, RUSI
1345 Discussant: Dr John Mackinlay, Associate Fellow, RUSI 
1400 Discussion
1425 Closing Comments - Professor Michael Clarke, Director, RUSI
1430 Finish

An optional £6 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215. To register please contact Deanne Prudden, Events Manager at


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