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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

Overlooked Among 50 Million Displaced Worldwide, Women and Girls Lose Out
Women affected by forced displacement still struggle to access the most basic services, but some initiatives offer useful lessons for the UN and NGO communities.

Key Global Events to Watch in October
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

October 09, 2014
Rethinking Women and Forced Migration
The drastic increase in conflicts around the globe has seen the world’s displaced population pass 55 million people, and the fact that 80% of them are women and children is prompting many to rethink how the international community is responding.

October 09, 2014
Africa: China’s Second Continent
Speaking at an IPI Distinguished Author Series event on October 9th, author Howard French made a case for how Western underestimation of Africa’s economic promise has enabled China to establish an economic and human presence on the continent, leading to the permanent migration there of nearly 2 million Chinese.

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.

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