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Conferences - June 06, 2012

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

The International Expert Forum (IEF) held the second of its four meetings at IPI on June 6, 2012. The meeting, entitled “Mitigating the Consequences of Violent Conflict: What Works and What Does Not?” included over 40 policymakers, practitioners, and scholars. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 22, 2012

Imam Feisal: Not Islam vs West, But Moderates vs Extremists

“The real battlefront is not between Islam and the West, or Muslims and Jews, or Muslims and Hindus, etc. The real battlefront is between moderates of all the faith traditions against the extremists of all the faith traditions,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told an IPI Beyond the Headlines audience on May 22, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 27, 2012

Preventing Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Early Warning and Response Systems

An April 27th roundtable discussion at IPI titled “Preventing Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Early Warning and Response Systems” examined the progress, prospects and challenges of regional and international early warning and response mechanisms to monitor, anticipate, and mitigate potential conflict situations in Africa. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - April 26, 2012

Swanee Hunt on the Risk of Being “Even-Handed” in Bosnia

“Don’t be afraid to say there is an aggressor here,” Swanee Hunt, Chair of the Institute for Inclusive Security, told an IPI audience while discussing her new book, Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security. Ms. Hunt served as the US Ambassador to Austria between 1993-97 and hosted negotiations and meetings focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 18, 2012

Pires: In Fragile States, War Costs More Than Development

“It is a simple equation,” Emilia Pires, Minister of Finance of Timor Leste, said. “War costs more than development. When I began as Minister of Finance, even I was staggered by how citizen-state contracts could help solidify security, help rebuild lives, and put the state on a path to stability.” 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - March 30, 2012

What Works in Preventive Diplomacy

This meeting note summarizes the discussion from a forum held at IPI on December 15, 2011, in collaboration with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the SecDev Group, and the Social Science Research Council.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 21, 2012

Ashrawi: “One Minute to Midnight” in Middle East Peace Process

“It really is one minute to midnight. We need to make, all of us, this last ditch effort," Dr. Hanan Ashrawi told an IPI audience on March 21, 2012, speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“I think we need people who can stand up and speak out," she said. "People who understand that this is really—I don’t want to be the voice of doom, but we are reaching the end of the prospects for peace in that part of the world.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 19, 2012

Where Diversity Means Peace, Not Conflict

As longtime historians and journalists, Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer have documented ethnic cleansing and ancient hatreds. “We’ve had a depressing life,” joked Ms. Brysac at a Beyond the Headlines event at IPI on March 19th.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 18, 2012

Settling International Disputes: Lessons from the Åland Islands

This two-panel event entitled “Settling International Disputes: Lessons from the Past, Challenges for the Future,” marked the 90th anniversary of the historic settlement of the Åland Islands question.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - January 06, 2012

Preventive Diplomacy: Regions in Focus

Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in employing preventive tools to thwart the outbreak and escalation of violent conflict. This paper looks at the state of and challenges ahead for preventive diplomacy in four different regions of the world: Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia.  

 
 

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.