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Panel Discussions - February 27, 2013

IPI Hosts Workshop on UN Peacebuilding Commission

The next two years mark a new juncture for the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). In advance of a comprehensive five-year review in 2015, it needs to demonstrate accelerated progress, cohesion in New York and around the world, and concrete added value in the field. These key insights resulted from a workshop organized by IPI and the Quaker United Nations Office, in collaboration with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, on February 27, 2013.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 22, 2013

UN’s Jenca on Central Asia: Build Confidence, Not Fences

At a roundtable discussion at IPI’s Vienna office on February 22, Ambassador Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), underlined the need for new thinking and new approaches to cooperation in the region.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 19, 2013

Challenges to Peace and Security Becoming More Diverse

“Challenges to peace and security have become far more diverse and multidimensional than most actors within the UN system or other relevant institutions would have thought not long ago,” said Ambassador Miguel Berger of Germany at the New York launch of Peace Operations 2025 at IPI on February 19, 2013. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 15, 2013

Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge

This meeting note is based on a roundtable discussion held at IPI on October 9, 2012, which examined both the short-term protection of migrants in times of crisis, and the long-term consequences when migrants are forced to return home due to a conflict or a natural disaster. 

 
 

 

Conferences - February 15, 2013

IPI Co-Hosts Niamey Seminar on the Sahel-Sahara

The complex problems of the Sahel-Sahara region were discussed by high-level representatives from the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union, regional governments, and experts at a seminar in Niger organized jointly by the International Peace Institute, the government of Niger, and the Centre for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Sahara 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 13, 2013

Enhancing European Military and Police Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

In the context of the impending NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, a regional roundtable held in Berlin last year discussed the potential for future European commitments to UN peacekeeping.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 13, 2013

Yemeni National Dialogue: Challenges and Prospects

In the lead-up to the Yemeni National Dialogue due to begin March 18th, IPI hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic on February 13th with Amat al-Alim al-Soswa, former Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme; and Gregory Johnsen, former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - February 12, 2013

IPI Explores Cooperation with Mongolia

On February 4th-5th, a delegation from the International Peace Institute (IPI) visited Ulaanbaatar for consultations on possible cooperation between IPI and Mongolia. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 12, 2013

Adekeye Adebajo on Europe and Africa

“Even though the European Union has been Africa’s largest trading partner over the last five decades, this is an area in which few African institutions have produced academically rigorous and policy relevant knowledge,” lamented Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, and co-editor of the book, with Kaye Whiteman, The EU and Africa–From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 11, 2013

The Elusive Quest for Principled Humanitarian Action

“One could argue that because the [humanitarian] enterprise has become so big and powerful, the stakes are now higher,” said Antonio Donini, Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University and editor of the book The Golden Fleece, at IPI’s Humanitarian Affairs Series February 11, 2013 event 

 
 

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