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Meeting Notes - November 04, 2011

Adapting to Threats and Challenges in Europe and Central Asia: The 2011 Vienna Seminar

This meeting note reports on the 2011 Vienna Seminar, which was held under the theme “Coping with Crisis in Europe and Central Asia: Adapting to New Threats and Challenges,” at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna on May 23-25, 2011.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 26, 2011

IPI Report: The Security Sector in Côte d’Ivoire

A new IPI report identifies the security sector in Côte d’Ivoire as a root of a decade of crises there and discusses how comprehensive security-sector reform is a key to preventing a return to armed conflict in the future.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 23, 2011

The Future of South Sudan

While this is an exciting period for the people of South Sudan, the future presents them (and their neighbors in the North) with many difficult challenges. The status of Abyei and postreferendum issues between North and South—such as citizenship, oil sharing, border demarcation, currency, and debts, among others—are yet to be resolved.  

 
 

 

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 - April 15, 2011

Refugees and the Dynamics of Peacebuilding

The mass arrival and prolonged presence of refugees in neighboring countries can have a negative impact on peace. Yet the issue of refugees has entered very little into contemporary discussions of peacebuilding.  

 
 

 

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 - February 01, 2011

Crime Control in Peace Operations

The UN Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and mandates the deployment of the approximately 100,000 blue helmets engaged in peace operations. But this approach has its limitations when it comes to crime control.  

 
 

 

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

Overlooked Among 50 Million Displaced Worldwide, Women and Girls Lose Out
Women affected by forced displacement still struggle to access the most basic services, but some initiatives offer useful lessons for the UN and NGO communities.

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.