United Nations, Peacekeeping Operations, and Peacebuilding Framework: A Critical Analysis of ‘Security- Development’ Nexus


  • Yosuke Nagai




Security-Development Nexus, peacebuilding, post-Cold War, post-conflict development, post-conflict reconstruction, United Nations, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations


The security-development nexus has become one of the most important agendas especially in the field of peacebuilding in response to urgent needs in complex humanitarian assistance in war-torn areas. With the changing dynamics of conflict since the end of the Cold War, recent peacebuilding efforts have employed a combination of security and development paradigm to ameliorate severe human rights situations in different contexts. In particular, the functionality of security-development nexus has been well observed in post-conflict scenarios where broader state-building, institutional, security, and governance-related reforms were implemented to ensure sustainable peace processes. In addition, it has been criticized in terms of the imposed liberal values. This article critically analyzes the security-development nexus and attempts to examine how and why the nexus has become essential to the post-Cold War peacebuilding framework. It further elucidates the role of the United Nations (UN) as the leading actor in peacebuilding operations, especially in the form of UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) which have played a significant role in establishing and consolidating peace in various conflict-ridden societies.

Author Biography

Yosuke Nagai

Yosuke Nagai is CEO of ‘Accept International’ and also serves as Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) mentor of United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Urban Economy and Finance Branch Youth Unit. He holds MSc in Conflict Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).




How to Cite

Nagai, Y. (2020). United Nations, Peacekeeping Operations, and Peacebuilding Framework: A Critical Analysis of ‘Security- Development’ Nexus. NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability, 3(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.37540/njips.v3i1.36




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