General Announcements - August 25, 2014
New IPI Documentary Film on Past and Future of International Affairs
As part of its work on advocating and implementing lessons learned from 1814 and 1914 for today, the International Peace Institute, with the support of Canada and Norway, has created a short documentary film entitled "Architects and Sleepwalkers."
The film recalls that the leaders who met at the Congress in Vienna in 1814, towards the end of the Napoleonic wars, were architects of a new international system, while the leaders of 1914 have famously been described as sleepwalkers, stumbling into war. The film’s narrator, prize-winning historian Margaret MacMillan asks: “What lessons can be learned from these pivotal moments in history to address emerging threats and reduce the risk of future conflicts? And what will future historians say about the leaders of today: were they architects or sleepwalkers?”
The documentary, directed by Walter Kemp and Michael Moon, premiered on August 26 at an high-level symposium co-organized by IPI and the Salzburg Global Seminar at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. Under the heading “1814, 1914, 2014: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future” international leaders, decision makers, thinkers and experts were convened by IPI to find pathways for a peaceful and resilient international system.
The Global Observatory
Risk and Robustness: A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the concepts of risk, resilience, volatility, and their meaning for international relations.
Key Global Events to Watch in September
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.
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.
September 15, 2014
Despite Disaffection, Youth Still Engaged with Democracy
Young people around the world appear increasingly disaffected with politics and political institutions, particularly in countries where corruption is rampant and government accountability is lacking. Yet during a September 15th event commemorating the International Day of Democracy, a group of young political activists from three different continents spoke at IPI about recent gains in youth political activism and ways to encourage it.
September 10, 2014
Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914
On September 10-11, 2014, the International Peace Institute launched its inaugural meeting at its Middle East Regional Office in Manama, Bahrain titled “Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914.”
September 17, 2014
Video: Strengthening Democratic Governance in Africa