General Announcements - March 24, 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
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