n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2014, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The holistic approach to managing conflict in post-conflict environments, as reflected in the contribution of multidimensional peacekeeping operations, ensures that peace and security activities are aligned with political, governance, democratisation and socio-economic development objectives to address the larger development agenda, and thus also the root causes of conflict. The holistic approach also involves a myriad of actors in the mission (military, police and civilians), and besides the peacekeeping operation, includes state and non-state actors, both local and international - such as non-governmental organisations and the humanitarian community. This requires a significant degree of coordination and integration of effort at the local, national, regional, continental and supranational levels. Both the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) have established a more systematic way of conducting peace operations, particularly in the context of conflicts within states - balancing the need for immediate response to crises with the provision of security, humanitarian assistance and protection of civilians with longer-term considerations for post-conflict peacebuilding and development.

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