UN Peace Operations: politics, human rights and leadership

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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Dianne Corner

Dianne Corner

Bintou Keita

Bintou Keita

Karin Landgren

Karin Landgren


Bela Kapur

Current and former women leaders of UN peace operations discuss some of the most challenging aspects facing UN peace operations today. 

Diane Corner was Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) from 2014-17, with responsibility for political affairs, human rights, DDR, SSR, Mine clearance, protection of civilians, women and children protection. Prior to this appointment, Ms Corner worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 32 years.

Bintou Keita was appointed Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Ms Keita has a wealth of experience with more than 25 years of service in the United Nations. Her most recent positions include Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone and Chief of Staff for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.

Karin Landgren is the first woman to have headed three United Nations peace operations. Until 2015 she was until a UN under-secretary-general and head of UNMIL in Liberia, a peacekeeping operation, also leading UNMIL's response to Ebola through the height of the epidemic. Prior to this, she led two political missions, BNUB in Burundi and UNMIN in Nepal.  

Bela Kapur is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and an independent expert on women, peace and security. Her research areas include the role of women in peace and political processes and the linkages between local and national processes, as well as transformational coalition building, agenda setting and influencing.

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security (@LSE_WPS) is a leading academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.      

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