Brazil’s Experience in Unstable Settings

Brazil has accumulated experience in deploying civilian professionals to multilateral missions. These contributions, however, fall short of what the UN requires and do not match Brazil’s capacities and ambitions. Certain institutions that have not participated in peace operations, including the federal police and the national public security force, could make important operational contributions. But such actors are seldom deployed owing to political constraints on the domestic front. The growing involvement of Brazilian professionals, including military police and election experts, in technical cooperation initiatives in unstable situations and post-conflict settings also creates new opportunities. Learning from these experiences will enhance Brazil’s contributions to United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions.


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