The United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary in the fall of 2015. Among other innovations, members of the UN devised the novel concept of “soldiers for peace.” But can peace be enforced militarily? The original mission of the United Nations was “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” by maintaining peace and security between states. Now that terrorists and internal conflicts strike far more frequently than traditional inter-state wars, what does international security mean? In a world that is so different from the one that the UN faced after World War II, how might the UN succeed in its peacekeeping missions—from its oldest in Lebanon, to the largest in Congo, to its newest in the Central African Republic? This film explores these challenging issues through field investigations and interviews with key decision-makers in UN peacekeeping”.

Pierre-Olivier François

Pierre-Olivier François is a French German TV reporter and documentary maker. Born in France in 1971, he studied political science and journalism at the Paris Institute for Political Science, and the free University of Berlin. He then started a carrier as TV Reporter and journalist, mostly for the French German public television ARTE, covering a wide range of topics in French and european politics, foreign affairs, but also culture and arts. He also worked for the German press, and sometimes for the Economist. From 2000 on, he also began to shoot documentary films, for ARTE and other international channels. Among others, he did two important films about South and North Korea, where he went five times since 2003:” North Korea, the border and the war”, in 2003, and “Divided Korea” in 2013 – first documentary ever where North and South Korean high-ranking witnesses tell their story together in the same film). Other films deal with power and oil in Putin’s Russia: “a barrel full of dream”, in 2009, the end of communism in the east: “Farewell comrade”, in 2012, Alzheimer disease, the future of the press, and most recently, in cooperation with PBS, about Cyberwar and about surveillance and the NSA.


Aired on Arte on October 13th, 2015 (56’44”)
Aired on Radio Canada on October 22nd, 2015 at 20H and on April 12th, 2016 at 20H
Aired on RTS2 “Histoire vivante” on October 4th, 2015 at 21H

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