'We are laying the groundwork for our own failure': The UN Mission in South Sudan and its civilian protection strategy: an early assessment

Report
from Clingendael, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre
Published on 31 Jan 2013 View Original

The UN Mission in South Sudan's new civilian protection strategy perpetuates expectations it will never be able to meet. However, notwithstanding existing challenges, improvements to the mission's current performance in this area seem feasible, according to a new CRU Policy Brief.

This CRU policy brief looks into the UN Mission to the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and its performance to date. It pays particular attention to UNMISS's contribution to the protection of civilians - the mission's self-proclaimed key responsibility. It examines strategic and operational challenges, dilemmas and trade-offs, and ends with a number of policy considerations on how to overcome existing barriers. The field work for this policy brief was co-funded by the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF).