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Speaker Events - December 19, 2013

Mtetwa: Fighting Against the Odds for Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Despite newly promised constitutional protections, there are many challenges facing the human rights community in Zimbabwe, according to Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer. She spoke on advancing the rule of law in Zimbabwe during an African Leaders Series event at the International Peace Institute on December 19th.  

 
 

 

- December 05, 2013

Africa

Established in 1992, the Africa Program examines the capacity of Africa's regional and sub-regional organizations to prevent and respond to existing and emerging security challenges on the continent. Its primary objective is to deepen knowledge about Africa's crises, draw international attention to them, and contribute to the enhancement of institutional capacities in peace and security. In this regard, the Program works closely with the African Union, regional economic communities, the United Nations, the European Union and other partners and states to explore policy options for capacity building in sustainable peace, stability, and development.

Working Paper: Partnerships in Peace Operations

This working paper provides background information on the recent history of relations between the United Nations (UN) Security Council and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) with respect to peace operations. It forms the initial analytical basis for a forthcoming paper which will make recommendations for improving collaboration in this area between the two councils.

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Panel Discussions - November 26, 2013

Addressing the Crisis in Central African Republic

How to prevent catastrophe in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the topic of an event at the International Peace Institute on November 26th. Ten months after a military coup brought the current transitional government to power, the Central African Republic is wracked by massive human rights violations, sectarian violence, attacks on civilians, and reprisals by self-defense groups.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 07, 2013

Lazzarini: A New Deal for Somalia?

On November 7th, the International Peace Institute hosted Philippe Lazzarini, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, to discuss whether its “New Deal Compact” could break the cycle of crises in Somalia.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - October 17, 2013

Koenders: “Only Malians Can Create Their Own Solutions”

"Every conflict situation is specific and complex,” said Bert Koenders, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), during an October 17th event at the International Peace Institute. “And for us as the international community,” he said, “we have to [maintain] a position of humility, realizing that only Malians can create their own solutions.” 

 
 

 

Conferences - October 10, 2013

IPI Hosts Meeting on Future for Peacekeeping and Francophonia

On October 10-11, 2013, IPI hosted a fourth seminar on the role of Francophone countries in peacekeeping in New York to conclude a cycle of conferences co-organized by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the French Ministry of Defense’s Délégation aux Affaires stratégiques (DAS), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Direction de la Coopération de Sécurité et de Défense (DCSD) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 08, 2013

Transforming the Illicit Economy in Mali

On October 8th, IPI, in cooperation with International Alert (IA), organized two roundtable discussions in New York to analyze the impact of organized crime on the political economy in Mali and to assess options for a comprehensive response by the international community. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 25, 2013

President of Tunisia: Africa Should Not Desert the ICC

“The [International Criminal Court] is good for Africa,” said Dr. Mohamed Marzouki, president of the Tunisian Republic, during a presentation at the International Peace institute. “This is the official position of Tunisia.” At the standing-room only IPI event on September 25, Dr. Marzouki reflected on the birth and possible death of the Arab Spring and, along with it, democracy in Africa.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 23, 2013

Peace and Security in the Sahel: The Role of Civil Society

On September 23, 2013, a ministerial roundtable was held at IPI to discuss the role of civil society in facilitating peace and security in the Sahel region. One of the key insights discussed was that the countries of the Sahel, along with the international community’s support, have the primary responsibility to address the multifaceted challenges that led to the crisis in Mali and continue to weaken the region.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 20, 2013

Robinson: "Framework of Hope" Potentially a Game Changer in Great Lakes Peace Processes

Women peace builders—on the ground and across the negotiating table—was the focus of a September 20th IPI event featuring Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa, where she discussed why women’s voices matter in peace processes and the next steps in implementing the February 24th Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework, also known as the Framework of Hope. 

 
 

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