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Policy Papers - October 15, 2014

New Report: Improving UN Capacity for Rapid Deployment

Too many conflicts over the past twenty years—from Rwanda to the Central African Republic—have demonstrated that the costs of intervening in a crisis increase dramatically when deployments of peace operations are delayed. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 10, 2014

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. In light of the recent conflict in the North of Yemen and Sana’a, with a constitution-drafting process underway, a referendum to approve a draft constitution, and coming elections all within the next year, the open dialogue established among key parties and factions in Yemen’s transition has become increasingly important.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 09, 2014

Rethinking Women and Forced Migration

The drastic increase in conflicts around the globe has seen the world’s displaced population pass 55 million people, and the fact that 80% of them are women and children is prompting many to rethink how the international community is responding.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 30, 2014

Vike-Freiberga: Rethinking the United Nations

In a speech delivered at IPI on September 30th, Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga gave a sobering historical analysis of the gains and setbacks made by the international system over the past century and, focusing on the UN, she called for a rethinking of the organization’s structure and approach to peace.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 26, 2014

Putting Human Rights at Forefront of UN Agenda

“The prevention of grave human rights violations must be an immediate and urgent priority for the international community,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende at IPI on September 26th. “Governments have the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights.”  

 
 

 

General Announcements - September 25, 2014

IPI Remembers Margaret Vogt

Margaret was first and foremost a scholar and researcher at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. She subsequently became an important voice (leader) at the African Union and the United Nations in the decades long promotion of conflict resolution and the advancement of women’s rights in Africa. She passed away on September 23, 2014.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 22, 2014

IPI Hosts Ministers, Officials at Annual Mideast Dinner

On Monday, September 22nd, IPI held its Ninth Ministerial Dinner on the Middle East in its Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security, and Development. The working dinner saw the participation of foreign ministers and other high-level representatives from the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and beyond.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 19, 2014

New Report Calls for Integrated Multilateral Response to Organized Crime

Since the end of the Cold War, organized crime has moved from being a marginal problem in a few cities and regions to being a mainstream threat to national stability and international peace and security. While the threat has become transnational, the multilateral response has been slow, disjointed, and reactive.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 17, 2014

Abdullahi: To Be “At Peace with Itself,” Africa Needs to Address Structural Flaws

On September 17th, the African Union’s (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha L. Abdullahi acknowledged that Africa had come a long way in its quest for democratic governance, but added that it would have to address the structural causes that often plunge it into conflict in order to “be at peace with itself, secure, and corruption-free.”  

 
 

 

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, 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Caught in the Middle: Civilian Protection in South Sudan
Absent an active effort by the South Sudanese government, the UN Mission will need to adopt a holistic approach to civilian protection.

Key Global Events to Watch in October
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.