General Announcements - March 23, 2008
IPA Changes Name to International Peace Institute (IPI)
After more than 30 years of operation, the International Peace Academy (IPA) has changed its name to the International Peace Institute (IPI). The change took effect on Monday, March 24, 2008.
While not a radical departure, the new name better reflects the evolution of the institute’s work over the years. IPI originally served as a training academy for military officers preparing for peacekeeping missions. Even as this training continued through annual seminars in Vienna and New York, IPA’s primary focus gradually shifted to providing innovative, policy-driven research and analysis while serving as an independent forum for the United Nations community. In short, IPI is an institute for best thinking and practice across the UN’s broad peace and security agenda.
Although the name has changed, the institute’s work will not; indeed, the present state of the world makes that work more critical than ever. IPI will continue to convene key parties and to produce cutting-edge analysis and fresh policy proposals on a range of pressing issues, from longstanding regional conflict to peacebuilding and the responsibility to protect. And IPI will continue to publish and disseminate IPI-sponsored research, findings, and discourse to the UN community and beyond.
IPI’s convening role will also be greatly enhanced with the opening this April of the Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, housed at its home office at 777 United Nations Plaza.
The Global Observatory
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How Mandela’s Relentless Diplomacy Transformed South Africa
Former US Ambassador John Hirsch traces the path of Mandela's relentless diplomacy.
Key Global Events to Watch in December
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
Top 10 Issues to Watch in 2013: The Multilateral Arena
Ten key issues that are likely to impact global affairs in international peace, security, and development.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
December 02, 2013
Latin America Focus of Fourth ''Being a Peacekeeper'' Event
On December 2-3, IPI brought together 24 representatives from eleven Latin American countries with senior officials from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support to discuss the current state—as well as the future—of Latin American military and police contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.
November 28, 2013
Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme.
November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?