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Policy Papers - October 10, 2014

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. In light of the recent conflict in the North of Yemen and Sana’a, with a constitution-drafting process underway, a referendum to approve a draft constitution, and coming elections all within the next year, the open dialogue established among key parties and factions in Yemen’s transition has become increasingly important.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 20, 2013

New Report Plans Ahead for a Postconflict Syria

Though the conflict in Syria shows no signs of abating, and hopes for the Geneva II talks in January are dim, this paper argues it is never too early to start planning for peace. The paper examines three recent post-conflict transitions in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen—and draws lessons for Syria. 

 
 

 

Books - October 18, 2013

Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia

A new IPI book maps the civic and political activism of youth in postrevolutionary Egypt and Tunisia. Who are the youth activists of Egypt and Tunisia? What are their ideas, and what types of action are they taking? As key protagonists of revolution in 2011, what capacity do they now have to sustain their political and civic engagement over the long term?  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 29, 2013

Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East: Options and Challenges

Today’s changing political environment, fostered by the 2011 uprisings, provides unprecedented opportunities for opening new dimensions of regional cooperation in the Middle East.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 21, 2012

The Uprisings and the Future of North Africa and the Middle East: The Vienna Seminar 2012

"The challenge for us all is to ensure that the spark of revolution ignites a beacon of hope and not a wildfire of despair,” said IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen at IPI's 2012 Vienna Seminar.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 22, 2012

Managing Transitions in the Arab World

Despite their many differences, transitions taking place across the Arab world are united by demands for “bread and freedom.” They also share the common denominator of uncertainty. As turmoil and conflict continues in many places, what role can external actors play to facilitate democratic transitions in the region?  

 
 

 

Books - July 14, 2007

Iraq: Preventing a New Generation of Conflict

This book seeks to move the debate on Iraq toward a consideration of how Iraqis, with the help of the international community, can build an inclusive and enduring social contract amongst themselves.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 02, 2007

2007 Vienna Seminar: The Middle East

Under the theme "The Middle East: Fragility, Crisis, and New Challenges for Peace Operations," participants drawn from the policymaking community, academia, military staff, and the diplomatic community in Vienna explored the various facets and evolving nature of third-party engagement in the Middle East.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - February 14, 2007

The Middle East: Fragility and Crisis

In the coming five to ten years, the highest number of key global security challenges is likely to be concentrated in the Middle East, or be related to it. 

 
 

 

Books - October 13, 2006

The Iraq Crisis and World Order: Structural, Institutional and Normative Challenges

The Iraq war was a multiple assault on the foundations and rules of the existing UN-centered world order. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Can Election Winner Rousseff Mend a Divided Brazil?
President Rousseff’s challenge will be to boost Brazil’s economy while maintaining national unity.

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
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.