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- August 21, 2014

The Sahel

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 10, 2014

Is Humanitarian Law Still Fit For Purpose?

On April 10th, IPI, together with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)–USA, hosted a policy forum that focused on the promotion of greater compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) for a better protection of civilians and improved effectiveness of humanitarian aid, and attempted to provide some recommendations to improve respect for IHL in todays' most violent conflicts.

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Speaker Events - May 08, 2013

Holmes on the Reality of Relief Aid

“People fail to understand that what we’re saying is something intensely practical and down-to-earth and not something rather theoretical and ivory tower,” said John Holmes, author of the book, The Politics of Humanity: the Reality of Relief Aid, at an IPI Beyond the Headlines event on May 8th. 

 
 

 

Conferences - April 17, 2013

2013 New York Seminar Explores Challenges to Humanitarian Action

IPI’s eighteenth annual New York Seminar convened April 17-19, 2013 and explored old and new challenges to humanitarian action in contemporary multifaceted emergencies.

Complex conflict-related crises, such as the one in Syria today, present significant challenges for humanitarian actors: aid risks becoming politicized; warring parties can divert it; nonstate armed groups may prevent access to affected populations; and sovereign states may be wary of outside interference. How have such complex emergencies changed in recent years? And how can the international humanitarian system adapt?

Read the seminar meeting note "Humanitarian Engagement in Contemporary Complex Emergencies" >>

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - March 19, 2013

ICRC’s Maurer: New Theaters of Conflicts in Civilian Protection

“We, like many actors in the field, are confronted with important dilemmas which all tie into protection work and which preoccupy us, not only concretely, but also conceptually,” said Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at an IPI event on March 19th.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - March 18, 2013

Natural Disasters, Not Conflict, Create Majority of Displacement

Over the past few years, the number of people displaced as a result of natural disasters has far exceeded those displaced by conflict. Why is this happening? What are the consequences? And what can be done about it?  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 15, 2013

Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge

This meeting note is based on a roundtable discussion held at IPI on October 9, 2012, which examined both the short-term protection of migrants in times of crisis, and the long-term consequences when migrants are forced to return home due to a conflict or a natural disaster. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - January 17, 2013

Moumtzis: Syrian Refugee Crisis “Complex and Dangerous”

“We really consider the Syrian humanitarian situation as one of the most complex and dangerous operations in the world as of 2013,” said Panos Moumtzis, UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syrian Refugees, at IPI’s Humanitarian Affairs Series event on the Syrian refugee crisis, held on January 17, 2013.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 16, 2012

Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges

The modern international humanitarian system is being tested like never before. Built on a philosophy that espouses universality and integrity of humanitarian principles, the system now faces crises and conflicts that are changing in nature, an increased humanitarian caseload, and a renewed assertiveness on the part of host states. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 07, 2012

UN Human Rights Work on the Ground

Roger Nash spent two years in 11 countries gathering over 400 interviews for a book-length report that examines the work and influence of the UN’s Human Rights presence on the ground. He presented his report at an IPI event entitled “Making Human Rights Real” on November 7, 2012.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Are Recent Prison Breaks in Nigeria Part of a Southward Expansion by Boko Haram?
Whoever is behind them, these prison breaks signal that Nigeria’s authorities are struggling to maintain the rule of law, not just in the far northeast, but also in the Middle Belt and the southwest.

Key Global Events to Watch in December
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.