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Conferences - April 11, 2014

IPI, Turkey Host Informal Retreat for UN Security Council

IPI and the government of Turkey co-hosted an informal United Nations Security Council (UNSC) retreat in Istanbul on April 11-13, 2014. The retreat, in its fifth consecutive year, gathered members of the UN Security Council, as well as current chairs and high-level officials of a number of international and regional organizations to examine how the UNSC and regional organizations may more effectively work together on issues concerning international peace and security. 
In an off-the-record setting, discussions sought to build upon existing mechanisms for strengthened cooperation between the Security Council and regional organizations on areas of conflict prevention, peace operations, counterterrorism, and humanitarian crises, with particular emphasis given to prevention.

A meeting note on the retreat is forthcoming from IPI.

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 13, 2014

The Security-Development Nexus in Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa: Notes from the Security Council Istanbul Retreat

This meeting note discusses Turkey’s growing role in Africa, and it surveys the many regional efforts to improve security and development on the continent. It summarizes the main points of discussion at the 4th Istanbul Retreat of the UN Security Council, which was held on April 6-7th, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 11, 2013

When Do Civil-War Parties Heed the UN?

The Security Council issued 1,557 demands to conflict parties in civil wars in the 15 years following the end of the Cold War, through its resolutions. Based on a statistical analysis of IPI’s Security Council Compliance Database, this report shows that while the levels of compliance with these demands varied, there was a slight increase in compliance over time. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 08, 2013

Taking Stock, Moving Forward: Report on the 2012 Elections to the UN Security Council

On April 8, 2013 in Helsinki, IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen presented to Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja a survey of the 2012 elections to the UN Security Council.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 08, 2012

ICC Prosecutor Bensouda on Security Council Referrals

Concrete action is needed to improve the UN Security Council’s practice of referring situations to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This was the main message to emerge from a roundtable discussion on the relationship between the ICC and the Security Council held at IPI on November 8, 2012.  

 
 

 

- August 05, 2012

Compliance With Security Council Resolutions

The UN Security Council Compliance Project involves a quantitative and qualitative review of compliance with all Security Council Resolutions passed between 1989 and 2003 in the context of civil wars.

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - March 29, 2012

Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation

In July 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey hosted an informal retreat for members of the UN Security Council in Istanbul, organized by IPI. This report, “Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation: Istanbul Retreat of the UN Security Council,” captures the discussions that took place during this meeting. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 26, 2011

The UN Security Council and Conflict Prevention: A Primer

In September 2011, the office of the UN Secretary-General released its first report focused specifically on preventive diplomacy; the report was subsequently discussed at the Security Council. This paper aims to contribute to these ongoing discussions by providing a primer on the UN’s work on conflict prevention and ideas for improvement.  

 
 

 

Conferences - July 02, 2011

Turkey, IPI Hold Security Council Retreat in Istanbul

For the second consecutive year, IPI collaborated with the Government of the Republic of Turkey in holding an informal retreat of the United Nations Security Council in Istanbul on July 2-3, 2011. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 21, 2011

Maintaining International Peace and Security: A Summit Meeting of the UN Security Council

The big-picture issues at the crossroads of peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding were taken up by the Security Council in September 2010, under the presidency of Turkey.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Year in Review: Top 10 Peace and Security Reads
The International Peace Institute and its Global Observatory offered research and analysis on a range of topics in peace and security in 2014.

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.