"Managing Security Risks in Hazardous Missions: The Challenges of Securing United Nations Access to Vulnerable Groups,"

Pierre Gassmann
Published: 
May 2006

Over the last decade, the United Nations (“U.N.”) has taken a central role in the international community’s response to the consequences of disasters and armed conºicts. Increasingly, international strategies to cope with instability and armed conºicts rely on the deployment of the staff of U.N. agencies in the midst of armed hostilities to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to threatened populations. Furthermore, reconstruction and development activities traditionally undertaken in peaceful environments have also become an integral part of stabilization efforts in situations that are far from secure.