2019 International Day of the Peacekeepers

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Main Image Credit Soldiers try out their new UN peacekeeping uniforms prior to deploying to the Central African Republic as part of the UN MINUSCA mission, 2015. Courtesy of Wikimedia/Tsidoti, Creative Commons 4.0 International

RUSI's 2019 International Day of the Peacekeepers conference brought together speakers from the UN and several states to discuss UN peacekeeping operations.

The 2019 International Day of the Peacekeepers 17th annual conference at RUSI was organised around the theme of the Thin Blue Line. This represented both the way in which contemporary UN peacekeeping operations must consider the risk of becoming parties to the conflict and the increasing importance of the policing function in these complex missions. 


The opening keynotes were delivered by Minister of State for the United Nations Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon and Deputy High Commissioner for Canada in the UK Sarah Fountain Smith. The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Lecture was delivered by Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj. These are posted on the conference website along with the presentation from the closing keynote by Professor Paul D Williams of George Washington University. This report therefore only covers the two panel discussions. 



Ewan Lawson

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