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Comment & Analysis - September 14, 2010

Democracy Day at the United Nations?

Three years ago the United Nations General Assembly declared September 15th the International Day of Democracy, an annual event to assess the progress of democracy around the world. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 14, 2010

UN Security Council Strategies for Managing Civil Wars Evolving

A policy discussion around a new IPI report on UN Security Council strategies for managing civil wars included comments by Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, who called the report "fascinating" and said that "it shows a Security Council which is continually evolving." 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 07, 2010

The UN Security Council and Civil War: Insights from New IPI Study

This new IPI report examines trends in how the Security Council has engaged with civil wars since 1989 and the gradual evolution of the Council’s civil-war response strategies, including where and when it chose to engage.  

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - August 05, 2010

For These Founders, the Empire Mattered the Most

At a farewell reception two years ago for under secretary for peacekeeping operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, he was asked what had surprised him the most during his eight years in the post. “The importance of national sovereignty,” he answered. 

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - August 04, 2010

The Shifting of Political Positions in Africa

Africa's leaders gathered at Speke Resort Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala on July 25th for the African Union bi-annual summit. This was the 15th meeting since the continental body was founded eight years ago. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - July 20, 2010

Compelling Non-State Armed Groups to Comply with Humanitarian Law

“All of today’s conflicts involve one or more non-state actors — groups whose political and military objectives are extensively analyzed but, if we are honest, we do not really know well,” said John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, in his opening remarks at an IPI event on July 20th. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 02, 2010

Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence in Africa

Elections are the hallmark of representative democracy, allowing the people’s regular input in choices about leaders and policy. Yet they are also competitive processes, unleashing conflict and tensions that, if not constructively managed, could potentially destabilize the fabric of states and societies.  

 
 

 

Conferences - June 25, 2010

UN Security Council Members Meet in Istanbul

The International Peace Institute and the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN held an informal retreat on June 25-26th for the UN Security Council.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 03, 2010

NATO: “UN Cannot Achieve Everything on Its Own”

"Everybody realizes that even the UN, with its broad mandate, large experience, and unique position among international organizations, often cannot achieve everything on its own,” said General Stéphane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), at an IPI roundtable discussion on June 3rd.   

 
 

 

Conferences - April 28, 2010

IPI Hosts Seminar on Africa at West Point

At IPI’s 2010 West Point seminar, African and UN practitioners and academics presented a wide range of insights on African institutions in a changing regional and global security environment.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Can Hong Kong’s Protesters Win Over an Ambivalent Public?
Survey polls show that the attitude of Hong Kong’s population toward the ongoing protests is complex and multifaceted.

Key Global Events to Watch in November
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.