EPON report on the UN peacekeeping and good offices missions in Cyprus - Launch Event

The Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) have the pleasure of inviting you to a virtual panel discussion to launch the new EPON report on the UN peacekeeping and good offices missions in Cyprus.

Link to the report: https://bit.ly/3p1Ngw4

The meeting will take place on 20 October 2021 4:30 pm to 6 pm (EEST).

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In 2024, the UN Missions in Cyprus will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their presence in the country, and it seems timely to analyse their impact and effectiveness over the years, something that EPON is the first to undertake. This report is also the first of EPON’s reports since 2018 to focus on what the peacekeeping research community refer to as a “legacy peace operation,” and looks also at the interaction between peacekeeping and peacemaking.

In the current context of a paralysed Security Council, lessons from such missions created during the Cold War are increasingly important, as is the study of interposition forces as a potential conflict prevention mechanism. Cyprus is also one of the few cases (besides Western Sahara and Jerusalem) where a peacekeeping mission has evolved alongside a peacemaking mission (i.e. the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus (OSASG), also known as the Mission of Good Offices) in what is called a “frozen conflict.”


15:30 Welcoming remarks
Dr. Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and Coordinator, EPON
Moderator: Professor Hubert Faustmann, Professor for History and Political Science and Director of the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) Office in Cyprus

15:35 Presentation of the report
Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff, Consultant NUPI, Non-resident Senior fellow, International Peace Institute

15:50 Facilitated Dialogue
Professor James Ker-Lindsay, LSE-Research on South East Europe European Institute, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Professor Birol Yeşilada, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University, United States
Dr. Alexandros Lordos, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Skills and Resilience Lab, University of Cyprus
Ms. Fiona Mullen, Director, Sapienta Economics

16:25 Q&A session

16:50 Concluding remarks
Mr. David Haeri, Director, Department for Policy, Evaluation and Training, Department of Peace Operations, United Nations, New York

17:00 Closing of the webinar

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