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Speaker Events - 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.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 26, 2014

Putting Human Rights at Forefront of UN Agenda

“The prevention of grave human rights violations must be an immediate and urgent priority for the international community,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende at IPI on September 26th. “Governments have the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 25, 2014

Estonian President: Russia’s Actions Threaten International System

On September 25th, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia warned that Russia’s recent aggression in Ukraine is a threat to the norms of the international system as we know them, and that it may lead to a drastic reassessment of foreign policy priorities in Europe.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 25, 2014

New Report Examines Role of Intellectuals in Arab Uprisings

No single individual has been credited with leading the Arab Spring. In fact, many have lamented that—in contrast to revolutions elsewhere—intellectuals and literary figures were conspicuously absent in the uprisings that began in Tunisia and spread across the region.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 22, 2014

Kevin Rudd, Former Australian PM, to Chair Independent Commission on Multilateralism

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will chair the newly launched Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM). The Commission will be co-chaired by Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway, and John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 22, 2014

IPI Hosts Ministers, Officials at Annual Mideast Dinner

On Monday, September 22nd, IPI held its Ninth Ministerial Dinner on the Middle East in its Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security, and Development. The working dinner saw the participation of foreign ministers and other high-level representatives from the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and beyond.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 19, 2014

New Report Calls for Integrated Multilateral Response to Organized Crime

Since the end of the Cold War, organized crime has moved from being a marginal problem in a few cities and regions to being a mainstream threat to national stability and international peace and security. While the threat has become transnational, the multilateral response has been slow, disjointed, and reactive.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 19, 2014

Madani: Extremist Group Actions “Cannot be Associated with Any Religion”

Iyad Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), reaffirmed at IPI the Muslim world’s commitment to religious tolerance and human rights and sought to distance Islam from the recent violent actions at the hands of extremist groups across Africa and the Middle East.  

 
 



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