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Panel Discussions - February 25, 2011

Reviewing the 1990 United Nations Model Status of Forces Agreement

On Friday, February 25, 2011, the International Peace Institute and the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the UN, in collaboration with the School of Law at the University of Essex, held a policy forum to consider the issue of reviewing the 1990 United Nations Model Status of Forces Agreement (Model SOFA) to better address today’s UN peacekeeping challenges.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - February 23, 2011

Ed Luck: Crimes Against Humanity May Have Occurred in Libya

Asked on Al Jazeera on February 23rd if crimes against humanity were being committed in Libya, Dr. Edward C. Luck, IPI Senior Vice President for Research and Programs, said that though "we don't have direct access, there is certainly good reason to believe" they were. 

 
 

 

Conferences - February 14, 2011

Workshop for Incoming Members of the UN Peacebuilding Commission

On February 14, 2011, IPI and the Quaker United Nations Office hosted a workshop for the incoming members of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in collaboration with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. 

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 02, 2011

Rød-Larsen: Collapse of the Middle East Tent?

In a briefing at IPI's Vienna office, IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen warned that the situation in Egypt could have historic ramifications.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - January 18, 2011

Cambanis: “Hezbollah's Top Choice is a War with Israel”

"Hezbollah's top choice is a war with Israel they can blame on Israel at the best time for Hezbollah," said Thanassis Cambanis, reporter and author of the book A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - January 11, 2011

Cholera, Haiti and MINUSTAH: What Implications for Peacekeeping?

January 12, 2011 marks the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 in Haiti and left 1.5 million homeless. The UN suffered the largest loss of life in its history that day with the collapse of the headquarters of its Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port-au-Prince. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 07, 2011

Hilde Johnson: “Waging Peace in Sudan More Important Than Ever”

Addressing a standing-room-only audience gathered to discuss the January 9th referendum in Southern Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson said it was crucial for the international community to "speed up the process on resolving the critical post-referendum issues and to do so urgently." 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - December 08, 2010

Iran, Lebanon, Israelis and Palestinians: New IPI Opinion Polls

Two IPI opinion polls find Iranians want nuclear arms, Lebanese are critical of Hezbollah stances, Palestinians are hopeful, and Israelis, anxious.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question
In the short term, the killing of Godane is likely to result in more violent attacks, but longer-term consequences are hard to predict.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
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.