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Overcoming the money crisis? The Financing of UN Peacekeeping and the Biden administration

Thursday 25 February 2021

Digital Roundtable on 25 February 2021, 17:00-18:30 (Netherlands time)/11-12.30am (EST time)

The withholding of financial contributions to the United Nations under the previous US administration has put UN peace operations under pressure. This roundtable builds on the momentum of a change in the US administration to look back on the impact of financial cuts on peacekeeping over the last four years and to discuss what the renewed commitment of the US government will mean for UN peacekeeping. It integrates insights from academic research and practitioners’ experiences to reveal

UN Peacekeepers in training
  • how the UN and NGOs advocating on behalf of the UN have dealt with peacekeeping budget cuts in the past;
  • the impact of previous budgets cuts on individual missions and UN peacekeeping as a whole;
  • insights on the new administration’s plans and potential challenges to these plans.


We are happy to confirm that we have the following line-up of speakers:

  • Dr. Katharina Coleman, Associate Professor in Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • Chandrima Das, Senior Director, Peace & Security Policy, UN Foundation
  • Marcia Dawes, Senior Programme Officer, Office of the Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Peace Operations
  • Jordie Hannum, Executive Director, Better World Campaign & Senior Director US-UN relations, UN Foundation
  • Andrew Hyde, Fellow, Project ‘U.S. Financial Leadership in Multilateral Organizations’, The Henry L. Stimson Center

The roundtable consists of short presentations by the panelists and a moderated Q&A.


To attend this digital roundtable and to participate in the discussion, please register beforehand:



The event is organised in cooperation with the Dutch Peacekeeping Network and the Leiden University Centre for International Relations and takes place in the context of a research project conducted by Dr. Gisela Hirschmann, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (grant no. 019-00204).

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