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- August 01, 2012

Weapons of Mass Destruction

This project aims at supporting efforts to promote disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It focuses on identifying concrete steps to improve the UN response to these challenges, and on facilitating discussions among member states to build a consensus on these issues.

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 27, 2012

New Compendium Chronicles the UN's Counterterrorism Activities

This book-length publication provides a comprehensive guide to the United Nation's counterterrorism efforts. It includes an analytical introduction that traces the evolution of UN work on counterterrorism, including both the relevant Security Council resolutions and the actions taken by the UN General Assembly.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 27, 2012

IAEA’s Mrabit: “Better to Prevent Than Mitigate”

“Our cooperation approach with states is global and systematic; together with states we do not want to wait until a disaster occurs,” Khammar Mrabit, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Office of Nuclear Security, told an IPI lunchtime forum on June 27, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 26, 2012

Understanding Organized Crime

On June 26, which is UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, IPI Vienna officially launched a new publication entitled, "Spotting the Spoilers: A Guide to Analyzing Organized Crime in Fragile States."  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 03, 2012

Shachtman: Cyber Threats Akin to South Bronx, Not Pearl Harbor

“There’s not a danger of a cyber Pearl Harbor… it’s more like the South Bronx circa 1999, where there’s a danger that it becomes such a tough neighborhood that no one wants to set up shop there and people move out,” Noah Shachtman, editor of the Danger Room blog at Wired magazine and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, told an IPI audience at a panel on cyber security on May 3, 2011. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 22, 2012

Spotting the Spoilers, Analyzing Organized Crime

Rarely considered a serious challenge until recently, organized crime and related serious crime have become a critical issue in many fragile states. Experience shows that organized crime must be addressed during the course of any peace operation or political mission, since in many cases it is the biggest impediment to peace.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - March 20, 2012

The Importance of Tracking Arms Transfers

“The largest volume of [arms] transfers have gone to Asia and Oceania, followed by Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and Africa, during this last five-year period,” Paul Holtom, Director of the Arms Transfer Program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), told an IPI lunchtime panel on March 20, 2012.  

 
 

 

Books - February 14, 2012

Termites at Work: Transnational Organized Crime and State Erosion in Kenya—Comprehensive Research Findings

The threat posed by organized crime is not confined to serious crimes such as racketeering, the global drug trade, or human trafficking. For many developing countries and fragile states, powerful transnational criminal networks constitute a direct threat to the state itself, not through open confrontation but by penetrating state institutions through bribery and corruption and by subverting or undermining them from within. This paper examines whether Kenya faces such a threat.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - January 13, 2012

IPI Initiative: Cops Without Borders

Illicit money flows linked to global crime syndicates are conservatively estimated at US$130 billion annually. As criminal networks expand, they increasingly ignore international borders while law enforcement agencies remain largely confined to their own national boundaries.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - January 10, 2012

Cybercrime: “We All Have to Start Learning About This Problem”

Addressing a Beyond the Headlines event at IPI on January 10th, Misha Glenny, author of DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You, said that cybercrime had now become a widespread concern affecting everyone, and he warned the overflow audience of the dangers of ignoring it.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

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A close look at terrorist de-radicalization programs shows that it is still unclear whether they work, and if so, how.

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.