Can there be peace without the United Nations? Maybe. Resilient democracies might also exist without direct intervention from international organizations. But given that NDI’s Resilient Democracy blog series was launched on the UN International Day of Peace, it would be useful to consider the role of international organizations and the evolving ideas they are promoting about sustaining peace and peaceful societies. Connecting to the UN’s macro thinking could strengthen NDI’s micro-level work.
Jim Della-Giacoma is the Deputy Director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. He is a former senior advisor on citizen participation at NDI and was the inaugural country director of the Institute's program in East Timor (Timor-Leste).