General Announcements - February 07, 2013
IPI President Speaks on Middle East in Seoul
"We have to redraw the old 'maps' we have been using to read the Middle East," IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen told an audience of local diplomats and think tank experts in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, February 7.
Mr. Rød-Larsen was addressing an ASAN Institute for Policy Studies roundtable meeting on the ongoing challenges in the Middle East entitled "Middle East in Transition: Risks and Opportunities."
Mr. Rød-Larsen focused on the ongoing civil war in Syria, which he sees as the new epicenter of crisis in the Middle East. "Syria is first of all a tragic humanitarian crisis, but it is also a regional war in which many countries are playing to influence the future of the region," he said.
With reference to Egypt and Tunisia, the IPI President suggested that the fluidity of the political situation makes any predictions extremely hard. "The main challenge for policy makers today is to live with the uncertainty of the situation,” he said. “The only certainty is that we will see instability for a long time in the region."
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Interview with Patricia Flor, European Union Special Representative for Central Asia
Ambassador Flor said the European Union is engaging with Central Asian governments that have a long-term view of transformation and thus have a slower pace of reform.
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May 14, 2013
2013 Vienna Seminar: The Dangerous Nexus of Crime, Conflict, and Terrorism
On May 14-15, the IPI Vienna Seminar took place, focusing on the dangerous nexus between crime, conflict and terrorism, particularly in failing states. This 43rd session of the Vienna Seminar–which was held in the historic Marble Hall of the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs–was attended by over one hundred participants from around the world,
May 10, 2013
SRSG Ramos-Horta Optimistic for Stability in Guinea-Bissau
In his briefing to the Security Council the day before appearing at IPI on May 10th, José Ramos-Horta, Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau, told the Council that the beleaguered country “exists in name only.”
May 08, 2013
Holmes on the Reality of Relief Aid
“People fail to understand that what we’re saying is something intensely practical and down-to-earth and not something rather theoretical and ivory tower,” said John Holmes, author of the book, The Politics of Humanity: the Reality of Relief Aid, at an IPI Beyond the Headlines event on May 8th.