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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. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 13, 2014

The Security-Development Nexus in Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa: Notes from the Security Council Istanbul Retreat

This meeting note discusses Turkey’s growing role in Africa, and it surveys the many regional efforts to improve security and development on the continent. It summarizes the main points of discussion at the 4th Istanbul Retreat of the UN Security Council, which was held on April 6-7th, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - February 03, 2014

Engineering Peace: The Critical Role of Engineers in UN Peacekeeping

Although engineering may be the least critically analyzed aspect of peacekeeping, it is one of the most crucial elements to the functioning of a UN peace operation. This report details the various roles that engineers play in UN peace operations and examines the type of engineering capacities available to a mission.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - January 16, 2014

Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Assessing the Threat, Preparing the Response

This meeting note addresses current and emerging threats in the Gulf of Guinea, including piracy, and the conditions that contribute to their rise, such as economic inequality and poor governance. The report summarizes key themes from a roundtable discussion held at IPI last June on the security challenges in the region. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 20, 2013

New Report Plans Ahead for a Postconflict Syria

Though the conflict in Syria shows no signs of abating, and hopes for the Geneva II talks in January are dim, this paper argues it is never too early to start planning for peace. The paper examines three recent post-conflict transitions in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen—and draws lessons for Syria. 

 
 

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