Book launch – A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 12:30-13:30 at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Villa Plantamour, 114 Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is pleased to invite you to the launch of Alan Doss’s book, A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars, on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at HD’s headquarters, the Villa Plantamour, 114 rue de Lausanne, from 12:30 to 13:30. 

About the book

In this book, Alan Doss offers a rare window into the real world of UN peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Doss’s story is one of presidents and prelates, warlords and warriors, heroes and villains, achievements and disappointments — and innocent people caught in the midst of deadly violence. As he shares his front-line experiences, he reflects on the reasons for successes and failures and on the qualities that leaders need to successfully guide efforts to rebuild peace and prosperity in devastated societies. He also considers the UN’s future role in conflict prevention and peacekeeping in a climate of increasing resistance to intervention in “other people’s wars.”

About the author

Alan Doss is the President of the Kofi Annan Foundation. He has worked for the United Nations on peacekeeping, development and humanitarian assignments around the world, including as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Liberia and then in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sierra Leone and Principal Deputy Representative in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to serving in prominent posts at the United Nations, Mr Doss has published numerous articles on development and peacekeeping and often speaks in international fora and events.


We very much hope you can join us for the launch of A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars.

Please confirm your participation to the event by 24 February 2020, by email ( or by phone (+41 (0)22 908 1130).

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who might be interested in the event.

The book can be ordered via the Lynne Rienner website.

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