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Speaker Events - July 01, 2014

SRSG Johnson: South Sudan Crisis Changed UNMISS “Mindset”

Hilde Johnson, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), gave an overflow IPI audience a dramatic account of the challenging situation that has faced the United Nations in the country since the eruption of mass violence at the end of last year.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 25, 2014

Mousavian: Iran and US Have Serious Chance for Rapprochement

From Iraq to Syria, from energy to counterterrorism, Iran and the United States share many common interests across the Middle East and ought to put aside their decades of hostility, said author and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 23, 2014

National Ownership Is Essential For Peacebuilding to Succeed in CAR

With the Central African Republic (CAR) steeped in ethnic and inter-religious violence, a group of UN officials, government representatives, and members of civil society gathered at IPI on June 23rd and discussed the best way forward for the war-torn country.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 18, 2014

Šimonović: Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Deteriorating

The human rights situation in Ukraine is deteriorating, with the number of unlawful detentions, casualties, and enforced disappearances increasing across the country, according to the latest UN report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva and at IPI on June 18th.  

 
 

 

Conferences - June 16, 2014

Stability in the Sahel and the Maghreb: The Roles of Women, Youth, and the Elders

To counter the pervasive insecurity and violence in the Sahel and Maghreb regions, and address the political, social, and economic marginalization that have been driving them, it is urgent to devise strategies that send reassuring messages to the beleaguered populations living in these regions. This was the key message that emerged from a regional seminar organized by IPI on June 16-17, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco,  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 02, 2014

Challenges in Peacekeeping Require Non-Conventional Approaches

Authors Séverine Autesserre and Philip Cunliffe told an IPI audience that the recent challenges and setbacks of peacekeeping operations are creating opportunities for looking at peacekeeping in a critical, outside-the-box way.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 27, 2014

Women and Children Face Growing Sexual Violence in Post-Conflict Crises

When a 13-year-old Sierra Leonean girl was raped by the chief of her tribe, her parents forced her to marry him so as to avoid shame and stigma for the family. This would have been the accepted solution, had it not been for Sierra Leone’s new law that prohibits marriage for people under the age of 18. Eventually, the perpetrator was convicted and the marriage was annulled.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 26, 2014

New Approaches to Settling the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

On May 26th, the IPI Vienna office organized an off-the-record meeting close to Bern, Switzerland, to discuss new approaches to resolving the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 22, 2014

Hamid: Muslim Brotherhood Will Be Back

Author Shadi Hamid made this prediction in an IPI Distinguished Author Series event on May 22nd featuring his book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 20, 2014

Protection of Civilians Now at Heart of All Peacekeeping Missions

The protection of civilians is now a crucial aspect of UN peacekeeping missions, as well as of NATO and African Union (AU) operations. This is what emerged from a half-day seminar held at IPI on May 20th entitled “Protecting Civilians in Peace Operations: Best Practices and Emerging Issues.”  

 
 

The Global Observatory

UN at "Heart of the Dysfunction" in Humanitarian Aid, New Report Finds
In a new report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) offers a blunt critique of the humanitarian system, and the UN's role in it. IPI's Marie O'Reilly spoke with Sandrine Tiller, one of the authors.

Key Global Events to Watch in July
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.