Policy Papers - February 22, 2011
Bridge over the Dniestr: Confidence-Building Measures in Moldova
In 1991, Transdniestria declared its independence from Moldova, a former Soviet republic, and became a breakaway region separated by the Dniestr River.
Over the past two decades, several attempts have been made to arrive at a settlement that would respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova while enabling a high degree of self-government for Transdniestria, but a consensus has never been reached.
In 2005, the five-sided negotiations (involving Moldova, Transdniestria, and the three mediators, Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), were expanded to include the European Union and the United States (the so-called 5+2 format). This expanded format has made little progress. However, the time may be ripe to introduce a series of confidence-building measures that can narrow differences and bring mutual benefits to communities on both sides of the divide.
The Global Observatory
Nelson Mandela: Man and Awesome Phenomenon
A former member of the South African Parliament reflects on Mandela's warmth and generosity.
Ordinary Fears, Extraordinary Man: The Legacy of Nelson Mandela
As a young South African diplomat during the apartheid-to-democracy transition, Cedric de Coning witnessed the humility and power of a flawed statesman.
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?