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Policy Papers - August 15, 2012

Broadening the Base of United Nations Troop- and Police-Contributing Countries

This report represents the first of a series of publications stemming from the Providing for Peacekeeping project, a partnership with IPI, Griffith University, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 11, 2012

Deploying the Best: Enhancing Training for United Nations Peacekeepers

The success or failure of a UN peacekeeping operation is partly determined by the effectiveness of its individual peacekeepers. Yet the UN’s training strategy for peacekeepers remains at an embryonic stage. Systematic performance indicators to evaluate UN peacekeepers have yet to be implemented. And while the number of national, regional, and international centers for training UN peacekeepers has increased, greater coordination is needed to produce common standards and ensure that those who are trained actually deploy on UN missions. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 02, 2012

UN Peacekeeping Transitions: Perspectives from Member States

This issue brief addresses the nature and timing of peacekeeping transitions, paying particular attention to the perspectives of UN member states and decisions by the Security Council. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - August 01, 2012

UN Transitions: Mission Drawdown or Withdrawal

The meeting note summarizes a high-level discussion on the drawdown and withdrawal of peacekeeping and special political missions. It addresses the political dimensions of these transitions from the perspective of member states and examines the UN’s approach to planning and managing these transition phases. 

 
 

 

Books - July 31, 2012

The Management Handbook for UN Field Missions

Since 2010, the International Peace Institute has partnered closely with a number of practitioners, researchers, and experts to produce a one-of-a-kind handbook on management for civilian staff in UN peace operations. 

 
 

 

Books - October 12, 2011

Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies?

Peace operations are increasingly on the front line in the international community’s fight against organized crime. This book explores how, in some cases, peace operations and organized crime are clear enemies, while in others, they may become tacit allies.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 15, 2011

Making UN Peacekeeping More Robust: Protecting the Mission, Persuading the Actors

Written by Patrice Sartre, a retired French Marine General, this report recounts the achievements and weaknesses of United Nations peacekeeping operations while considering ways to increase robustness.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 16, 2011

UN Peacekeeping in the 21st Century—Partnerships for Peace

Discussions at the 2010 IPI Vienna Seminar were focused on the potential for renewed and expanded partnerships that respond more effectively to peace and security challenges.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 10, 2011

Being a Peacekeeper: The Challenges and Opportunities of 21st-Century Peace Operations

The need for skilled military and police contributions to peace operations is an ever-present concern, and the demands that peace operations place on contributing countries have become increasingly complex.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - September 20, 2010

Security Council Istanbul Retreat: At the Crossroads of Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding

This meeting note draws on the discussions held during the informal retreat of the UN Security Council in Istanbul, Turkey on June 25-26, 2010. The retreat was co-organized by the government of Turkey and the International Peace Institute. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

With Heartland Threatened, Lebanon’s Shiites See Hezbollah as “Protector of the Community”: Q&A with Sahar Atrache
Despite its heavy involvement in the Syrian war, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah still retains strong support among Lebanon's Shiites, says Sahar Atrache of the ICG.

Key Global Events to Watch in July
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.