IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsThe United Nations, Groups of Friends, and the Resolution of Conflict

 

print print  |  share share back back


From left: Prof. Michael Doyle, Teresa Whitfield, Edward C. Luck, and H.E. Mr. Peter Maurer

Panel Discussions - Friday, November 30, 2007

The United Nations, Groups of Friends, and the Resolution of Conflict

IPI held a book launch for Friends Indeed -- The United Nations, Groups of Friends, and the Resolution of Conflict (Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2007) by Teresa Whitfield, Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council.
The book examines how groups of states work together to address violent conflict and broker peace. Referred to as "friends" of the UN Secretary-General, these groups have had a mixed record of success in engaging the UN and supporting peacekeeping missions. Whitfield, a former official in the UN Department of Political Affairs (1995-2000), explains why this has been the case and what can be done to remedy the situation in the future. In addition to Ms. Whitfield, panelists included H.E. Mr. Peter Maurer, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, Michael W. Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of Law and International Affairs at Columbia University, and Dr. Edward C. Luck, IPI Vice President and Director of Studies.

The Global Observatory

CWhat Makes a Terrorist Stop Being a Terrorist?
A close look at terrorist de-radicalization programs shows that it is still unclear whether they work, and if so, how.

Key Global Events to Watch in November
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.

Recent Events

November 25, 2014
Independent Commission on Multilateralism Launched in Vienna
The Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) was launched officially in Vienna on November 25th. The event was held at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and opened by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

November 13, 2014
Experts Forum: Assessing Links Between Peacebuilding and Organized Crime
Organized crime and peacebuilding can be seen as separate issues, but recent research and practice suggest the two are deeply linked—conflict is increasingly fueling crime, and crime in turn makes peace harder to achieve.

November 05, 2014
Top-Down Governance Hurts Women, Youth Participation
Governments in the Sahel and Maghreb are still using top-down approaches to governance that make it hard for women and youth to have a say in public life, even though their participation can help their governments’ struggle against instability and extremism.

View More