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Policy Papers - January 06, 2012

Preventive Diplomacy: Regions in Focus

Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in employing preventive tools to thwart the outbreak and escalation of violent conflict. This paper looks at the state of and challenges ahead for preventive diplomacy in four different regions of the world: Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - December 06, 2011

Meeting Note: The OSCE-Mediterranean Partnership and the Arab Uprisings

This meeting note summarizes discussions at an IPI workshop in Vienna, held on October 25, 2011, about how the uprisings and changes in the Arab world affect the partnership between the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and its Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation (MPCs). 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 17, 2011

New IPI Meeting Note: Elections and Stability in West Africa

This meeting note summarizes the discussions at a conference organized by the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) in Praia, Cape Verde on May 18-20, 2011. The conference addressed the need for a sustained effort to strengthen electoral processes in West Africa as a means to consolidate peace and democracy in the region.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 24, 2011

IPI Vienna Report on OSCE and Natural Disasters

The dimensions, frequency, and complexity of natural disasters are increasing, and no country is immune from this trend. Is there a role for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)?  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 04, 2011

From Confidence Tricks to Confidence Building: Resolving Conflict in the OSCE Area

This meeting note is based on an IPI workshop that focused on how confidence-building measures (CBMs) have been used to reduce tensions and build trust between parties in several conflict situations throughout the world, and in particular in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) area. The workshop was held at IPI's Vienna office.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 28, 2011

Issue Brief: Impact of Emerging Powers on the Council

The current configuration of the Security Council has produced widespread speculation regarding the impact the new non-permanent members--some with aspirations for permanent seats--will have on the tone and substance of the Council’s work this year.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 01, 2011

Essays on Responsibility to Protect and Security Council Role

The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna have put together the first comprehensive analysis of the role of the UN Security Council in the ongoing process of implementing the responsibility to protect (RtoP).  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - September 20, 2010

Security Council Istanbul Retreat: At the Crossroads of Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding

This meeting note draws on the discussions held during the informal retreat of the UN Security Council in Istanbul, Turkey on June 25-26, 2010. The retreat was co-organized by the government of Turkey and the International Peace Institute. 

 
 

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