Sustaining peace in practice: Liberia and Sierra Leone

This policy brief explores how the UN can ensure successful transitions and what sustaining peace means in practice.

Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing important transitions. The countries provide important case studies on how the United Nations (UN) can ensure successful transitions, not only from peacekeeping to peacebuilding but also from conflict to building a sustainable peace. With the current UN focus on conflict prevention for sustaining peace, this policy brief provides practical recommendations on what this means in practice.

About the authors

Amanda Lucey is a senior research consultant in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Division of the ISS. With 10 years of peacebuilding and South–South cooperation experience, she has worked for the UN in the DRC and South Sudan. She holds an MPhil in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town.

Liezelle Kumalo is a researcher in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Division of the ISS. Her work experience includes gender, peace and security, and peacebuilding. She has an MA in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Development partners
This publication was made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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