Lise M. Howard, the President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System says that while media headlines often make it seem as if peacekeeping is not going well, the data tells a different story. In an article focusing mainly on peacekeeping missions in Africa, and which you can read in full on the News Blog page of the Future Media website, Howard explains that although UN peacekeeping has many challenges, it remains an important instrument of peace and that when examining all cases it could be seen that more missions were succeeding than failing.