Conflict Resolution Program
Inter-organizational complexity in peace operations: the challenge of ‘hybrid’ operations
Robert A. Rubinstein
Professor of Anthropology and of International Relations, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts
14 December 2004
In this presentation I will discuss the organizational cultural challenges that occur in complex peace operations. These challenges are becoming increasingly complex as new models of peace operations develop. One such model is that of ‘hybrid’ operations in which the United Nations and national missions occur side-by-side or in sequence. I will consider the challenges of the new models in relation to the structure of ‘traditional’ peacekeeping and explore how the symbolic and political dimensions of that earlier model are relevant to designing operations and trainings today.