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The Comment & Analysis section is a forum for IPI staff members, IPI partners and select outsiders to offer their impartial interpretations of international developments and research findings. 

 

Comment & Analysis - January 23, 2012

A Quiet Diplomat for Challenging Times

Francesco Mancini

Ban Ki-moon was appointed to a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the United Nations in his typical style: quietly. In a time of divisive power plays in the Security Council, all 15 members supported him and, a week later, the General Assembly gave its unanimous consent. No other candidate had been put forward and no fuss was raised among Member States.  

 
 

 

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Comment & Analysis - May 09, 2011

The UN and the War on Terrorism

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - May 03, 2011

The Death of Bin Laden: Whither al-Qaida?

 
 

 

 

 

Comment & Analysis - April 15, 2011

The Failure of Democracy in Africa

John L. Hirsch

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment & Analysis - September 30, 2010

Rejuvenating the Palermo Convention

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - September 20, 2010

Reviewing the UN’s Counterterrorism Efforts

 
 

The Global Observatory

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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.

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