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Policy Papers - June 13, 2013

New IPI Dataset Finds Trends in Uniformed Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

Despite the tremendous and continuing efforts associated with UN peacekeeping operations, the full range of available data on uniformed contributions to UN peacekeeping has not been readily available to researchers, limiting the use of quantitative methods on questions related to UN peacekeeping. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 03, 2013

The Elephant in the Room: How Can Peace Operations Deal with Organized Crime?

From Afghanistan to Kosovo, from Mali to Somalia, organized crime threatens peace and security. And yet, of the current 28 UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding or special political missions, less than half have mandates related to organized crime, and those that do are not well-equipped or well-prepared to face this threat.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 23, 2013

Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Recovery: The International Expert Forum

On May 23, policymakers, practitioners and researchers met for the fourth International Expert Forum (IEF) in New York. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 17, 2013

Peacekeeping Operations and the Durability of Peace: What Works and What Does Not?

This meeting note is from the third International Expert Forum (IEF) held at IPI on December 10, 2012, in a joint collaboration with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, IPI, and the Social Science Research Council.  

 
 

 

Books - May 13, 2013

Enabling Peace in Guatemala: The Story of MINUGUA

This book chronicles the critical role played by the United Nations in the immediate aftermath of the Guatemalan civil war, which ended in 1996 after more than thirty years of fighting and more than 200,000 lives lost.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 08, 2013

IPI Research: UN Peacekeeping Struggles With Gaps in Force Generation

This report analyzes the limitation of the UN system for generating contributions of personnel and equipment for peace operations, otherwise known as force generation.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - April 25, 2013

Republic of Niger Strategy for Development and Security in Sahel-Saharan Areas of the Country

As the regional implications of the crisis in Mali become apparent, there has been speculation as to whether Niger will be the next country in the region to be undermined by Islamist insurgency and separatist rebellion, transnational organized crime, and weak governance practices.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - April 24, 2013

Vali Nasr: America Becoming the Dispensable Nation

“We have lost the ability to use diplomacy effectively, and we still have to sort out how we place foreign policy in the right perspective, in the context of our domestic interests and agenda, but also in the context of what we think about our military power and military might, and how we use it globally,” Vali Nasr, author of the new book The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, asserted before an IPI audience on April 24th, 2013.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 22, 2013

Peace and Stability in the Post-2015 Development Framework

It will be difficult for fragile states to achieve peace, stability, and sustainable development unless institutional silos containing security, diplomacy, and development are broken down. This was the key conclusion at a policy forum held at the International Peace Institute on April 22, 2013, organized by the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN, and IPI. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - April 19, 2013

Strengthening the UN Peacebuilding Commission

This meeting note summarizes the ideas and suggestions that arose during a roundtable workshop held on February 27th, 2013.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Political Deadlock and Impunity Fuel Central African Republic Killings
Peacekeeping efforts in CAR are unlikely to succeed if the months of rampant impunity and political deadlock aren't properly addressed.

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.