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Meeting Notes - November 05, 2012

Mitigating the Consequences of Violent Conflict: What Works and What Does Not?

This meeting note reflects the discussions of the Second International Expert Forum held at IPI on June 6th. The purpose of the forum was to take stock of the consequences of ongoing violent conflict and means to prevent and reduce them, including peacekeeping operations and special envoys. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 23, 2012

Mozambique, 20 Years After the Peace Agreement

Mozambicans’ focus on local ownership, aided by the Community of Sant’Egidio’s facilitation efforts, transformed Mozambique from a country ravaged by civil war into a possible model for sustainable peace. This was the main reflection of an IPI roundtable discussion on October 23rd, which was co-organized with George Mason University.

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Panel Discussions - October 11, 2012

Bassma Kodmani on the Syrian Uprising

The way out of the Syrian quagmire is through a unified, representative political authority that is responsible for channeling support to armed opposition groups and providing services to the Syrian people, Dr. Bassma Kodmani, Syrian academic and former spokesperson for the Syrian National Council, told an IPI audience on October 11th.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 26, 2012

Johnson Sirleaf: “President… That’s Women’s Work.”

Appearing at IPI on September 26, 2012, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf shared an anecdote about the effects female leaders have had on youth in her country. “They were going around [in schoolrooms] and asking, ‘What do you want to be?’ and this little boy said, ‘I want to be Vice President.’ 

 
 

 

Conferences - September 24, 2012

IPI Hosts Foreign Ministers, Officials at Middle East Dinner

On Monday, September 24th, IPI held its Seventh Ministerial Dinner on the Middle East in its Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security, and Development. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 21, 2012

Possibilities and Pitfalls of Confidence-building Measures

On September 18th, IPI’s Vienna Office organized a roundtable discussion on lessons learned from confidence-building measures (CBMs), particularly within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 17, 2012

Grassroots Child Protection Organizations Call to End Impunity

On September 19, 2012, the UN Security Council called on member states to bring armed actors who are violating children’s rights to justice. This call to end impunity was one of the key conclusions of a roundtable discussion held at the International Peace Institute and co-organized with Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict on September 17th, 

 
 

 

- September 14, 2012

Being a Peacekeeper

The Being a Peacekeeper Series (BAPK) is a joint initiative of the International Peace Institute and the Pearson Centre. The series of high-level regional roundtables brings together existing, emerging, and potential troop- and police-contributing countries with senior UN officials in an informal setting to allow for an open exchange of experiences, successes, concerns, and opportunities.

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 14, 2012

The Istanbul Process: A Way Towards Peace in the Heart of Asia

“Renowned 21st century poet Muhammad Iqbal of Lahore used the term ‘heart of Asia’ to denote the strategic location of Afghanistan at the center of the Asian continent. This term has been the inspiration behind the Istanbul Process,” said Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 13, 2012

Samar Yazbek: Violence Begets Violence in Syria

"I believe that there is a lot of ambiguity and a lot of facts that are being sidelined and hidden, and are presented to you in an incomplete way," said acclaimed Syrian writer Samar Yazbek, talking about the Syrian conflict during an IPI Arab Intellectuals Series event on September 13, 2012. "In Syria, the cultural scene has been blacked out. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Is a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip Feasible?
The ceasefire proposed by UNSG Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry to put an end to the violence in Gaza may be the best offer on the table, although important lessons from the past need to be heeded.

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.