Cedric de Coning is a Senior Research Fellow with the Peace and Conflict Peacebuilding Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and a Peacebuilding Advisor with ACCORD. His research focus is on AU, EU and UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding policies and practices. Eli Stamnes is a Senior Researcher Fellow in the Peace and Conflict Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Her research interests revolve around critical approaches to peace and security, peacebuilding, conflict prevention, gender and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
'This is a very important and timely book, providing an in-depth assessment of the first ten years of the United Nations' Peacebuilding Architecture. It provides an historical overview of its creation and development over time, an appraisal of its performance and recommendations for improvements. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in peacebuilding, not in the least the Member States who are making decisions on the role of peacebuilding in the United Nations.' - Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support 'The rigorous and rich research contained in this volume is invaluable for efforts to move the Peacebuilding agenda forward at the UN and, ultimately, for strengthening our collective ability to prevent and respond to conflicts.' - Ambassador Olof Skoog, Swedish Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Chairperson of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (2015) 'Riveting and essential reading on how the UN translates decades of grassroots peacebuilding efforts into a global project that is internally led and externally supported with a brew of good intentions, confused expectations, and faulty assumptions.' - Lisa Schirch, Research Director, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and Research Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University