Alison is the Director of CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Program. Before that, she served as the Senior Advisor for UN Peacekeeping with the US State Department’s International Organizations Affairs Bureau where she contributed to the drafting of the 2015 Presidential Policy Memorandum on US Support to UN Peace Operations. She has global experience in reviewing UN peace operations, human rights, and international humanitarian law from Sudan to Colombia.

#Lead2Protect: CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Director on the Implementation of the Kigali Principles During POC Week Side Event

Remarks by CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Director Alison Giffen, delivered during “Pledging to Protect Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations: Lessons from the Implementation of the Kigali Principles,” an event hosted by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Rwanda, and Uruguay to the United Nations (UN) and the International Peace Institute on May 29, 2020 as part of Protection of…

THE DECLARATION OF SHARED COMMITMENTS ON UN PEACEKEEPING: One Step Forward – or Twenty Years Back?

  Almost two decades ago, following consecutive catastrophic peacekeeping failures in Rwanda and Srebrenica, world leaders turned the protection of civilians into a non-negotiable priority for UN peacekeepers. Recognizing that such failures undermined the entire enterprise of peacekeeping, in 1999, the UN Security Council began authorizing peacekeeping operations to protect civilians. In the years since,…

Five Reform Areas for Effective Peacekeeping Performance

By: Alison Giffen United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres rightly prioritizes performance by including it as one of the five pillars of his Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) reform initiative. Peacekeeping operations are a principal tool, and one of the most expensive and visible ways, that the UN intervenes to prevent and mitigate conflict. Improving peacekeeping performance…

Follow the Money: Financing UN Peacekeeping Operations

In our VOICES blog, we share regular updates from our global programs, including CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Team. This piece was written by CIVIC Peacekeeping Director Alison Giffen and United Nations Sr. Associate Sam Harju.  United Nations Member States are feverishly negotiating the proposed $7.27 billion budget for UN peacekeeping operations. These governments must come to an agreement on the…

Prioritising protection of civilians in peacekeeping in the Central African Republic – ODI HPN

The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in more than 300,000 refugees and over 630,000 internally displaced people as of June 2014. Thousands of people have been killed. The international community turned to African and European forces and the United Nations to deploy troops to stabilise the country and stop the violence….…