For a few years now, United Nations (UN) peace operations have stood at a crossroads, unable to choose which direction to take: to continue down the path of expensive missions with little peace to keep, but which provide much-needed confidence and security in the world’s most difficult contexts; or to opt for less ambitious and more achievable objectives, which would place more responsibility on other actors (national, regional, parallel forces) to shore up basic security in trying to find a path to peace. In its multidimensional endeavors, peacekeeping has not always had the best reputation outside the UN (particularly since the 1990s), but now it also faces skeptics from within (indeed, a number of observers have said the current secretary- general is not a fan of multidimensional peace operations).
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