H. Peter Langille, Developing a United Nations Emergency Peace Service: Meeting Our Responsibilities to Prevent and Protect (New York: Palgrave, 2015).

This book makes the case for a standing UN Emergency Peace Service. With this one development—effectively a UN first responder for complex emergencies—the organization would finally have a rapid, reliable capacity to help fulfill its tougher assigned tasks. To date, the UNEPS initiative has encountered an unreceptive political, fiscal, and security environment. Yet overlapping crises are now inevitable as are profound shifts. This book presents an insightful review of the worrisome security challenges ahead and analysis of two recent high-level UN reports. It addresses the primary roles, core principles, and requirements of a UNEPS, as well as the arguments for and against such a dedicated UN service. Further, it reveals that the primary impediments and lessons learned also help demonstrate what may work and, equally important, what won’t. With modest support, the book shows, the next steps are feasible, although it’s important to recall that ideas, even good ideas, don’t work unless we do.

About the Author

Peter Langille specializes in peace and conflict studies, United Nations peace operations, conflict resolution and mediation, and independent analysis of defence and security policy.

His PhD in Peace Studies (1999) is from the University of Bradford (under Prof. Paul Rogers), where he focused on initiatives to enhance training, defence specialization and rapid deployment for UN peace operations. His MA in Conflict Analysis is from the Norman Paterson School of International Relations, Carleton University. He also earned a Graduate Diploma in Peace Research from the University of Oslo.

Near the conclusion of the Cold-War, he initiated discussions on revising NATO and Warsaw Pact military doctrine and deployments to a more defensive orientation. In the early Nineties, his proposal and plans to convert CFB Cornwallis into a Canadian Multinational Peacekeeping Training Centre were solicited by numerous Governments and subsequently prompted the development of the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre. In 1994-95, Peter Langille was an “office of primary responsibility” on the core working group of the Canadian Government study, Towards a Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations. This report was submitted to the UN General Assembly on its fiftieth anniversary and used as the background document for a wider multinational initiative. As longstanding problems continue to defy prompt UN responses, Peter wrote another study for the International Peace Institute in 2014, “Improving United Nations Rapid Deployment Capacity”.

His 2002 book, Bridging the Commitment Capacity Gap, developed the initial concept, case, model and plans for a permanent UN Emergency Peace Service. In 2003, it was adopted as the background book for a wider initiative on UNEPS. In 2015, Peter elaborated on the option in a WFM-C submission to the UN High Level Panel reviewing peace operations. His latest book is, Developing a United Nations Emergency Peace Service: Meeting Our Responsibilities to Prevent and Protect (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).