United Nations rapid reaction mechanisms: Toward a global force on standby?

Joachim Koops, Alexandra Novosseloff

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This article analyses the main challenges and future prospects of creating United Nations (UN) rapid reaction mechanisms, particularly in the light of past attempts and current discussions about a “UN Vanguard Force” in the wake of the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations report. The article reviews major initiatives (in particular lessons from the Standby High Readiness Brigade for UN Operations) and assesses the main achievements, failures, and challenges related to past UN-led rapid reaction mechanisms. In line with the overall aim of this special forum, the article highlights the future potentials and institutional, operational, financial, and political challenges that need to be overcome in order to design and create a pragmatic and effective rapid reaction tool at the disposal of the UN.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-442
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Security Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2017


  • peacekeeping
  • rapid reaction
  • United Nations
  • vanguard force


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