UN Sanctions and Mediation: Establishing Evidence to Inform Practice (SMP)

Outline
  • Expected start date:
    2017•03•01
    Expected end date:
    2019•03•01
    Institute:
    UNU-CPR
    Project Status:
    Ongoing
    Project Type:
    Research
    Project Manager :
    Rebecca Brubaker

    Mediation and UN sanctions are two essential policy instruments used by the United Nations in its efforts to prevent and resolve conflict. Even though these two tools are almost always deployed in conjunction, the degree of their overlap in time and the sequencing of their application vary. Relatively little is known about when and whether these tools work well together or work poorly. Preliminary evidence suggests that in some recent cases their dual application improved, and in others, diminished the peace and security environment.

    Against this background, this project, conducted by the United Nations University, the Graduate Institute and swisspeace, and funded by the Government of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, pursues two main objectives. First, it will create a better understanding of the inter-linkages between sanctions and mediation and, in particular, of the conditions under which sanctions complement or complicate mediation, and vice versa. Second, this project will bring the two expert communities together to interrogate jointly when and how these tools should be deployed and how coordination can be improved in order to create space for joint engagement on this pressing policy challenge. Second, this project will bring the two expert communities together to interrogate jointly when and how these tools should be deployed and how coordination can be improved in order to create space for joint engagement on this pressing policy challenge.