Meeting Notes - October 14, 2004
The Security-Development Nexus: Conflict, Peace and Security in the 21st Century
Most contemporary wars are intrastate conflicts, which often have far-reaching regional as well as international dimensions and ramifications.
Such conflicts not only rupture a country's development; they are often the consequence of the failure of a country's developmental efforts. The nexus between development and security is an important one, but it is only beginning to be understood and addressed by the international community. Drawing upon research undertaken by the International Peace Academy's [now International Peace Institute] Security-Development Nexus program as well as the expertise and experience of a wide range of academics and practitioners working in the field, IPA's 2004 New York Seminar focused on recent conceptual, policy, and programming innovations at the intersection of development and security.
The seminar examined international efforts to respond to the multifaceted socioeconomic, political, environmental, and security challenges in conflict-prone, conflict-torn, and postconflict countries, and assessed the effectiveness of new programs in three sectors regarded as essential for building sustainable peace: governance, security, and rule of law. It is readily acknowledged that strengthening state institutions and enhancing their capacity to provide security and development based on principles of good governance are essential for sound conflict management. Similarly, an effective, credible, and accountable security sector provides a safe and secure environment in which to entrench other programming initiatives. In turn, good governance and security sector reform need to be embedded in a predictable legal environment supported by culturally appropriate rule of law programs.
Yet it is not evident that many programs undertaken by international actors in support of good governance, security sector reform, or rule of law are effective, mutually supportive, or contribute to a wider conflict management strategy. The seminar explored the obstacles to more effective programming in each of these sectors and highlighted the tensions and the contradictions among different, and often conflicting, priorities.
The Global Observatory
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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
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The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
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.
September 25, 2014
IPI Remembers Margaret Vogt