From 2003 to 2018, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was ever-present throughout the country. This paper examines the process of Liberia’s transition from a peacekeeping mission to a UN country team configuration, focusing on the period from July 2016 to July 2018. It identifies the political and operational dynamics that drove the transition, examines the policy processes and context within which the transition was executed, and assesses the ability of the UN’s post-mission configuration to sustain peace in Liberia.
The paper argues that by viewing transitions as long-term, multi-stakeholder activities - member states have the opportunity to ensure that future transitions adopt integrated approaches with adequate political, operational, and financial support.
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