Conferences - Monday, April 23, 2007
Coping with Conflict and Violence: Challenges for the UN and International Conflict Management
IPI organized a policy workshop on "Coping with Conflict and Violence: Challenges for the UN and International Conflict Management." The workshop launched a new series of IPI Working Papers on trends in armed conflict and organized violence and the challenges posed for international response. The Papers form part of a larger series of studies on global issues and international crisis management conducted by IPI's Coping with Crisis program.
The United Nations is undergoing a critical transition with a new opportunity to reflect on the challenges that UN peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding will confront in coming years. How the UN shapes, or reshapes, its capacities for conflict management needs to start with an analysis of the problem. What can we say about contemporary patterns in armed conflict and organized violence? And what are the implications for how the UN organizes itself in response? The recent decision of the General Assembly to endorse significant structural reforms in UN peacekeeping, in the context of enormous and rising expectations for UN peace operations, only underscores the timeliness of these issues.
IPI has just released six new studies addressing these issues from different perspectives: changing patterns of conflict and violence (by Andrew Mack); transnational organized crime and its relationship to conflict, sanctions, and peace operations (by James Cockayne); responses to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (by Keith Krause); changing terrain for mediation and peacemaking (by Chester Crocker); new challenges for peacekeeping (by Richard Gowan and Ian Johnstone); and effectiveness of international peacebuilding (by Charles Call and Elizabeth Cousens).
The event featured an introductory keynote address by Mr. Jean-Marie Gu éhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
The Global Observatory
Firing Blanks: The Growing Irrelevance of the UN Small Arms Process
UN momentum toward stopping illicit arms trade seems to have slowed, but national gun control laws hint at the possibility of a successful bottom-up approach.
Key Global Events to Watch in August
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
August 25, 2014
High-Level Forum Examines Lessons of 1814 and 1914 for Today
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and the bicentenary of the opening of the Congress of Vienna–two dates that profoundly shaped the course of history.
August 22, 2014
Real World Lessons Inform 2014 IPI Course in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution
The 2014 Advanced Course in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, held June 22-25, led an array of international diplomats through three days of in-depth lectures, negotiation and public speaking exercises.
July 17, 2014
EU and UN Seek Ways to Improve Cooperation in Peacekeeping
The European Union is among the strongest supporters of UN peacekeeping missions around the globe, but the growing challenges faced by UN-led operations have raised the need for better EU-UN cooperation, both on the ground and at the planning level.