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
Nelson Mandela: Man and Awesome Phenomenon
A former member of the South African Parliament reflects on Mandela's warmth and generosity.
Ordinary Fears, Extraordinary Man: The Legacy of Nelson Mandela
As a young South African diplomat during the apartheid-to-democracy transition, Cedric de Coning witnessed the humility and power of a flawed statesman.
Key Global Events to Watch in December
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
Top 10 Issues to Watch in 2013: The Multilateral Arena
Ten key issues that are likely to impact global affairs in international peace, security, and development.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
December 02, 2013
Latin America Focus of Fourth ''Being a Peacekeeper'' Event
On December 2-3, IPI brought together 24 representatives from eleven Latin American countries with senior officials from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support to discuss the current state—as well as the future—of Latin American military and police contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.
November 28, 2013
Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme.
November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?