• Jose Ramos-Horta

    From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta, a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest

    by  • June 23, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments

    SYDNEY, Australia — In August 2000, Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent United Nations diplomat from Algeria, submitted his landmark review on UN peacekeeping to the secretary-general at the time, Kofi Annan. The previous year had been crucial for peacekeeping. The retrenchment of the mid-90s had subsided and a new era of peacekeeping activism had begun. Missions were...

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    UN Security Council and Troop Contributors Chided by Review Panel

    by  • June 18, 2015 • Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 

    While restructuring at the top of the United Nations and better strategies and tactics for troops on the ground are issues provoking discussion and controversy after the recent release of a report by a high-level panel on current and future peacekeeping, less attention has been paid to the experts’ admonitions to the Security Council...

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    UN Peacekeeping Needs Top-Down Restructuring, Expert Panel Says

    by  • June 16, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping • 

    The creation of a new office of deputy secretary-general for peace and security to consolidate and hasten United Nations’ responses to conflicts, and a surprising suggestion that the UN should not undertake missions involving counterterrorism were two major recommendations for the future of peacekeeping to emerge from a high-level seven-month study commissioned by Secretary-General...

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    Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

    by  • December 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women • 10 Comments

    Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of...

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    Ramos-Horta Defends ‘Weak, Poor’ Guinea-Bissau

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 

    Until recently, José Ramos-Horta led the United Nations’ peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau, stepping in a year and a half ago as the country reeled from a coup in 2012 and the UN’s former chief there, Joseph Mutaboba, quit his job under concerns for his safety. Ramos-Horta, 64, is a former president of Timor-Leste, which won...

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    Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

    by  • June 16, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake,...

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    Former Timorese President Chosen as UN Envoy in Guinea-Bissau

    by  • January 2, 2013 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Jose Ramos-Horta, new chief of the UN peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau

    José Ramos-Horta has been appointed the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau. The former Timorese president and Nobel Peace Prize winner is replacing Joseph Mutaboba, a diplomat from Rwanda, as the special representative and chief of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. Mutaboba, 63, finishes his assignment, which lasted nearly four years, at the...

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    Avoiding a Mess in Guinea-Bissau Could Help the Rest of West Africa

    by  • December 17, 2012 • Africa • 1 Comment

    A former colonial-era government building on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau's first capital.

    Guinea-Bissau’s woes never end. Now the United Nations, which has a peace-building support mission in the capital, Bissau, might need to restart its work there since the head of the office has left. Joseph Mutaboba, a 63-year-old Rwandan diplomat who has been the special envoy since February 2009, was tasked with preventing conflicts through...

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