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Meeting Notes - August 21, 2009

A Workshop with the UN Working Group on Mercenaries

On July 29, 2009, the International Peace Institute convened a meeting of civil society, academic, and industry representatives to meet with the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the rights of peoples to self-determination.  

 
 

 

Books - July 27, 2009

Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry

Private military and security companies play an increasingly visible role in conflict and post-conflict situations. Properly regulated, they may offer efficient and responsive means for governments to deliver security in insecure environments. But well publicized abuses suggest that an adequate regulatory framework is urgently needed.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 13, 2009

Five Blueprints for Regulating the Global Security Industry

This policy brief examines options for improving international regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs).  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 01, 2008

Governing the Global Economy: Strengthening Multilateral Institutions

This paper takes a focused look at the multilateral mechanisms geared toward managing international finance, trade, and development.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 14, 2006

Commercial Security in Humanitarian and Post-Conflict Settings: An Exploratory Study

This exploratory study begins to describe the decentralized, ad hoc use of commercial security in these settings, in an attempt to provoke the further research and discussion needed before these questions can be adequately answered.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 15, 2005

In Good Company? The Role of Business in Security Sector Reform

From the summary report: Security sector reform (SSR) has emerged in recent years as a way of tackling security and development issues in conflict-torn and conflict-prone states.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 15, 2002

Options for Promoting Corporate Responsibility in Conflict Zones: Perspectives from the Private Sector

A report of the Working Group on The Role of Private Sector in Armed Conflict, held April 5, 2002, at the Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations, to examine private sector actors perceptions of and experiences with certain key existing and prospective measures, both voluntary and regulatory, to manage their behavior in conflict zones.

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - September 13, 2001

Private Sector Actors in Zones of Conflict: Research Challenges and Policy Responses

A report based on an expert workshop held on April 19, 2001, and co-sponsored by the Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science Programme for International Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (PICCR) and the International Peace Academy [now International Peace Institute] Program on Economic Agendas in Civil Wars.

 
 

The Global Observatory

Firing Blanks: The Growing Irrelevance of the UN Small Arms Process
UN momentum toward stopping illicit arms trade seems to have slowed, but national gun control laws hint at the possibility of a successful bottom-up approach.

Key Global Events to Watch in August
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.