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Meeting Notes - June 30, 2009

Managing Complexity: Political and Managerial Challenges in UN Peace Operations

This publication, drawn from a December 2008 IPI-GCSP (Geneva Centre for Security Policy) conference in New York, outlines the challenge of UN peacekeeping being overmatched by complexity, while offering suggestions for understanding and dealing with complex environments. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 05, 2009

Peace Operations: IPI Blue Paper no. 9

This Blue Paper on Peace Operations lays out recommendations on the need to (1) hold a ministerial-level meeting on peacekeeping; (2) forge a consensus among member states on entry, exit, and long-term planning; (3) break political stalemates in stagnant peace operations  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 08, 2009

Conflict Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect: IPI Blue Paper no. 7

This Blue Paper addresses both conflict prevention and the related but distinct concept of the responsibility to protect (RtoP).  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 15, 2009

Private Military and Security Companies: A Framework for Regulation

In this IPI paper, Cockayne and Mears examine the shortcomings of existing state, industry, intergovernmental, and civil society mechanisms for global security industry regulation, and put forward five possible regulatory frameworks for the global security industry.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 08, 2009

Improving International Responses to Armed Conflict

IPI's twelfth annual New York Seminar, Improving the International Response to Armed Conflict and State Fragility, took place at the Tarrytown Estate, New York, on May 5-8, 2008.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 30, 2008

2008 Vienna Seminar: Coping with Crisis in Africa

The thirty-eighth annual IPI Vienna Seminar, Coping with Crisis in Africa: Strengthening Multilateral Capacity for Peace and Security, was held at the Austrian National Defense Academy and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna on June 1-3, 2008.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - October 14, 2008

Pacific Settlement of Border Disputes: Lessons from the Bakassi Affair

This multiauthor study and meeting note provides the most comprehensive treatment to date of the historic Greentree Agreement, which peacefully resolved the longstanding border dispute over the Bakassi Peninsula between Cameroon and Nigeria.

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 30, 2008

Eastern Africa: Security and the Legacy of Fragility

The first of a five-part paper series focusing on African subregions, Eastern Africa: Security and the Legacy of Fragility, examines subregional capacity to respond to the multiple challenges facing Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Translation in Arabic

 
 

 

Books - July 13, 2008

Building States to Build Peace

How can legitimate and sustainable states best be established in the aftermath of civil wars? What role should international actors play in supporting these vital processes? Addressing these questions, this IPI volume explores the core challenges involved in institutionalizing postconflict states. 

 
 

 

Books - May 20, 2008

Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone: The Story of UNAMSIL

The first in a series of inside histories, Peacekeeping in Sierra Leone relates how a small country's one insignificant in the strategic considerations of the world powers' propelled the United Nations to center stage in a crisis  

 
 

The Global Observatory

MH17 Tragedy Could Accelerate Deterioration of Geopolitical Relations
Besides being a horrific human tragedy, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 risks becoming the accelerator of today's deteriorating geopolitical relations between Russia and the West.

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.