Cedric de Coning (South Africa) is a Senior Advisor on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding for ACCORD. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and he is also a Special Advisor to the Head of the Peace Support Operations Division of the African Union Commission. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Global Governance and Peacebuilding. Cedric has a PhD from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch. Cedric’s main research focus is on AU, EU and UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding policies and practices. He has a special interest in the implications of complexity theory for the planning, management and evaluation of peace missions. Recent publications include: Rising Powers and the Future of Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (2013), Understanding Peacebuilding as Essentially Local (2013), and The BRICS and Coexistence: An Alternative Vision of World Order (2014).