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Policy Papers - September 16, 2014

New Report: Transforming the UN Approach to Peacebuilding

Since the end of the Cold War, the UN has found itself intervening directly within its member states to help them end intrastate conflicts and rebuild their war-torn countries. Peacekeeping missions that were originally designed to keep opposing national armies apart and that had the consent of the host state are now expected to secure a much more comprehensive peace, 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 16, 2014

New Report: Responding to Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea has become notorious for violence, conflict, and political instability, which often have origins in bad governance, corruption, and failures of social and economic development. How can national governments and multilateral organizations best respond?  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - July 08, 2014

Peacebuilding and Postconflict Recovery: What Works and What Does Not?

More than 600 peace agreements have been concluded since 1990, and nearly 120,000 peacekeepers were deployed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Interventions based on Chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter have correlated with reductions in violence and conflict, yet our knowledge is still very limited about why, how, and which instruments and tools available to peacebuilders 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 22, 2014

New Report Examines Role of the Union of South American Nations

This publication examines the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), a principal South American regional organization that is part of a new breed of multilateral mechanisms reflecting the region’s growing autonomy vis-à-vis the United States. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 13, 2014

Small States at the United Nations: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Opportunities

Small states make up the majority of United Nations member states, and they are among the strongest advocates for the rules-based multilateral system. Yet many small states face challenges in advancing their interests at the UN.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 06, 2014

As Demand Surges, How Can UN Peacekeeping Incentivize Participation?

A surge in South Sudan and a new operation in the Central African Republic will bring UN peacekeeping deployments—and the UN peacekeeping budget—to unprecedented levels. How does the UN finance its peacekeeping missions? And how can it use that financing system in a better way to get the personnel and equipment it needs for all of its missions?  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - April 18, 2014

Beyond Haiti: Enhancing Latin American Military and Police Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

This meeting note summarizes the fourth regional meeting of the Being a Peacekeeper series, which seeks to increase the quantity and improve the quality of contributions to UN peacekeeping operations. The note explores the strategic context of Latin American contributions to peacekeeping, which are predominantly military contributions (as opposed to police) to the UN mission in Haiti.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 12, 2014

IPI Publication Examines UN's Approach to Terminating Security Council Sanctions

This report assesses the United Nations Security Council’s current approach to drawing down sanctions in intrastate war situations. After examining broader questions surrounding the UN’s authority to impose sanctions and the corresponding limits on these powers, the report assesses criteria used by the Council to terminate sanctions.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 02, 2014

Sanctions Implementation and the UN Security Council: The Case for Greater Transparency

It is the responsibility of UN member states to implement sanctions adopted by the Security Council, but the council plays an important role in facilitating and promoting effective implementation. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 01, 2014

IPI Publishes Manual for Implementing UN Sanctions

As sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council have become increasingly sophisticated and targeted, they have also become more and more difficult to implement effectively. Currently there are fourteen active UN sanctions regimes. Among them are the sanctions regimes on Iran and North Korea. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

As UN Troops Withdraw from Syrian Golan Heights, Stakes Increase for Israel and Lebanon
The recent capture of the Quneitra crossing by Syrian militant forces is of great symbolic importance and reminds us that the Syrian civil war is nowhere close to an end.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
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.