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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.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - October 22, 2012

Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed: Human Rights Worsening in Iran

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights respects the rights of all individuals without bias to ethnicity, gender or religion, but Iran has abandoned this compact, explained Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran, at an IPI event on October 22, 2012. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 09, 2012

Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge

Recent events in Libya and beyond show that policies put in place prior to crises and interagency coordination during crises are crucial to ensuring the protection of migrants in such extreme situations. This was the main takeaway from a roundtable seminar convened by the International Peace Institute and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday, October 9th.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - October 01, 2012

Gressly: A Deepening Crisis Across the Sahel

“I know the title of today’s presentation is ‘A Deepening Crisis,’ and in many ways that is true, but on the acute side, we actually have some good news,” said David Gressly, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, at an IPI event on October 1, 2012.  

 
 

 

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, 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Caught in the Middle: Civilian Protection in South Sudan
Absent an active effort by the South Sudanese government, the UN Mission will need to adopt a holistic approach to civilian protection.

Key Global Events to Watch in October
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.