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Episode 19: Book Talk - Alan Doss on A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

February 7, 2020

In this episode of The Next Page, the podcast of the UN Library & Archives Geneva, we welcome Alan Doss, author of the newly published book, A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars (a project of the International Peace Institute and published by Lynne Rienner Press).  

Alan Doss served as special representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia, and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, among other posts. He now serves as president of the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva.  

In this Book Talk episode, Alan Doss sits down with the Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, to share about his book, which looks at his decade in four peacekeeping operations in Africa. He also shares his insights from many years serving with the UN in peace operations, from the role of peacekeeping and how it has changed over the decades, what he’s learned about leadership in complex environments, and what he sees for the future of UN peace operations. He also shares some personal reflections on former UN Secretary-General the late Kofi Annan, and the legacies he left not only as a leader but as a person.  

For more information about Alan Doss and his work, visit here  or find him on Twitter 

To learn more about his book A Peacekeeper in Africa, head to Lynne Rienner Publishers: 


Speakers: Alan Doss & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Kofi Annan Foundation.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.


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