Speaker Events - Wednesday, September 12, 2007
President of Iceland Delivers Speech on the Challenges and Opportunities for Small States
On September 6th, IPI hosted a luncheon at the InterContinental Hotel in honor of H.E. Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, who spoke on “The Challenges and Opportunities for Small States: Economic Development, Climate Change, and New Security Issues.” IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen moderated a discussion period following the talk.
In his speech, President Grímsson noted that globalization and the changing international system present great opportunities for the flourishing of small states and for their increased participation in international affairs. Never before have small states “enjoyed such potential for prosperity and progress,” he said. In return, small states are now in the unprecedented position of being able to play key roles in the formulation of global responses to today’s most urgent problems, including climate change and the “new security issues.” President Grímsson concluded, “the future of the United Nations and the search for solutions to many of the most pressing problems of the twenty-first century could be strongly influenced by active and wide-ranging cooperation among the small states which now account for more than a quarter of the entire UN membership.”
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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?
November 19, 2013
Haqqani: Pakistanis Need Honest Debate About Their Country
"We Pakistanis need an honest debate inside our country about what is Pakistan's national interest. We never have it,” said Hussain Haqqani, a former Pakistani diplomat and journalist, who was at IPI on November 19th to give a presentation on his latest book, Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.