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
Caught in the Middle: Civilian Protection in South Sudan
Absent an active effort by the South Sudanese government, the UN Mission will need to adopt a holistic approach to civilian protection.
Key Global Events to Watch in October
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.
October 09, 2014
Rethinking Women and Forced Migration
The drastic increase in conflicts around the globe has seen the world’s displaced population pass 55 million people, and the fact that 80% of them are women and children is prompting many to rethink how the international community is responding.
October 09, 2014
Africa: China’s Second Continent
Speaking at an IPI Distinguished Author Series event on October 9th, author Howard French made a case for how Western underestimation of Africa’s economic promise has enabled China to establish an economic and human presence on the continent, leading to the permanent migration there of nearly 2 million Chinese.
September 30, 2014
Vike-Freiberga: Rethinking the United Nations
In a speech delivered at IPI on September 30th, Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga gave a sobering historical analysis of the gains and setbacks made by the international system over the past century and, focusing on the UN, she called for a rethinking of the organization’s structure and approach to peace.
September 25, 2014
IPI Remembers Margaret Vogt