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Policy Papers - July 02, 2010

Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence in Africa

Elections are the hallmark of representative democracy, allowing the people’s regular input in choices about leaders and policy. Yet they are also competitive processes, unleashing conflict and tensions that, if not constructively managed, could potentially destabilize the fabric of states and societies.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - January 29, 2010

Operationalizing the African Standby Force

In Kigali, Rwanda last year, the International Peace Institute, the African Union , and the United Nations convened a high-level African civilian and military leaders’ retreat to discuss the challenges surrounding the operationalization of the African Standby Force.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - January 20, 2010

From New York to the Field: A Dialogue on UN Peace Operations

The relationship between UN member states and UN peace operations is a complex one that may be best addressed by enhancing the dialogue among concerned parties.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 10, 2009

IPI Report: The Monitoring and Evaluation of Peace Operations

In spite of positive indications, the challenges ahead for developing more effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodologies for peace operations are considerable.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 30, 2009

Managing Complexity: Political and Managerial Challenges in UN Peace Operations

This publication, drawn from a December 2008 IPI-GCSP (Geneva Centre for Security Policy) conference in New York, outlines the challenge of UN peacekeeping being overmatched by complexity, while offering suggestions for understanding and dealing with complex environments. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 05, 2009

Peace Operations: IPI Blue Paper no. 9

This Blue Paper on Peace Operations lays out recommendations on the need to (1) hold a ministerial-level meeting on peacekeeping; (2) forge a consensus among member states on entry, exit, and long-term planning; (3) break political stalemates in stagnant peace operations  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 30, 2008

2008 Vienna Seminar: Coping with Crisis in Africa

The thirty-eighth annual IPI Vienna Seminar, Coping with Crisis in Africa: Strengthening Multilateral Capacity for Peace and Security, was held at the Austrian National Defense Academy and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna on June 1-3, 2008.  

 
 

 

Books - May 20, 2008

Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone: The Story of UNAMSIL

The first in a series of inside histories, Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone relates how a small country's one insignificant in the strategic considerations of the world powers' propelled the United Nations to center stage in a crisis  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - April 14, 2008

Peace Operations and Organized Crime

Drawn from a seminar jointly convened by the International Peace Institute and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, this paper explores the relationship between organized crime and international peace operations al hitherto largely neglected area of both scholarly and practitioner-led discourse.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 14, 2007

Peacemaking and Mediation: Dynamics of a Changing Field

From the Introduction: There is no question that today’s environment features elements of both continuity and change for peacemakers.  

 
 

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.