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Panel Discussions - May 27, 2014

Women and Children Face Growing Sexual Violence in Post-Conflict Crises

When a 13-year-old Sierra Leonean girl was raped by the chief of her tribe, her parents forced her to marry him so as to avoid shame and stigma for the family. This would have been the accepted solution, had it not been for Sierra Leone’s new law that prohibits marriage for people under the age of 18. Eventually, the perpetrator was convicted and the marriage was annulled.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 26, 2014

New Approaches to Settling the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

On May 26th, the IPI Vienna office organized an off-the-record meeting close to Bern, Switzerland, to discuss new approaches to resolving the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 22, 2014

New Report Examines Role of the Union of South American Nations

This publication examines the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), a principal South American regional organization that is part of a new breed of multilateral mechanisms reflecting the region’s growing autonomy vis-à-vis the United States. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 20, 2014

Protection of Civilians Now at Heart of All Peacekeeping Missions

The protection of civilians is now a crucial aspect of UN peacekeeping missions, as well as of NATO and African Union (AU) operations. This is what emerged from a half-day seminar held at IPI on May 20th entitled “Protecting Civilians in Peace Operations: Best Practices and Emerging Issues.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 15, 2014

Dieng: In CAR, Relocation of Civilians Is Only Option

Abdou Dieng, the former Senior Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic (CAR), said at IPI that relocation within the country is currently the only option for thousands of civilians who must choose between moving or facing death.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 14, 2014

Advocates of Multilateralism, Small States Seek New Influence at UN

Small states make up the majority of UN member states, and they are among the strongest advocates for the rules-based multilateral system, yet many of them face challenges as well as opportunities in advancing their interests at the United Nations.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 13, 2014

Small States at the United Nations: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Opportunities

Small states make up the majority of United Nations member states, and they are among the strongest advocates for the rules-based multilateral system. Yet many small states face challenges in advancing their interests at the UN.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 12, 2014

South Sudanese Civil Leaders: Peacebuilding Efforts Must Broaden

At a policy forum on May 12th entitled “The View from South Sudan: Civil Society Perspectives on a Way Forward,” two South Sudanese lawyers discussed the potential role of civil society in the mediation process, national reconciliation, and ensuring accountability for the abuses suffered by civilians in the current hostilities in their country. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 06, 2014

As Demand Surges, How Can UN Peacekeeping Incentivize Participation?

A surge in South Sudan and a new operation in the Central African Republic will bring UN peacekeeping deployments—and the UN peacekeeping budget—to unprecedented levels. How does the UN finance its peacekeeping missions? And how can it use that financing system in a better way to get the personnel and equipment it needs for all of its missions?  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 02, 2014

Protecting Journalists in Times of Unrest and Conflict

On the occasion of the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, a group of experts and senior journalists gathered at IPI on May 2nd to discuss the increasingly serious challenges faced by journalists around the world who are continually threatened, abducted, and even killed because of their work, particularly in conflict areas.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Caught in the Middle: Civilian Protection in South Sudan
Absent an active effort by the South Sudanese government, the UN Mission will need to adopt a holistic approach to civilian protection.

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.