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Panel Discussions - February 18, 2014

Jok: Near Collapse in South Sudan Is Shocking but Not Surprising

The events that recently brought South Sudan to a near collapse were “extremely shocking, but they were not surprising by any means,” said Jok Madut Jok, Executive Director of The Sudd Institute, at the International Peace Institute on February 18. “It was only a matter of time before the country returned to this kind of situation,” he added.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - February 05, 2014

Because of Syria, UNHCR Promises “Biggest Change Ever”

To address the largest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, the United Nations is conducting a major overhaul of its response to the refugee emergency brought on by the Syrian civil war, said Amin Awad, a senior official of the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, at an IPI event on February 5th. 

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 03, 2014

Sleepwalkers or Architects? Lessons Learned from 1814 and 1914

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna and the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The former ushered in a century of peace while the latter ignited the most destructive war the world had ever seen. What lessons can the international community learn from those two historical events?  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 20, 2014

Energy: A Source of Cooperation or Conflict in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean?

Despite the fact that countries in the Middle East have growing energy needs that could be satisfied by their neighbors, there is a lack of cooperation due to bilateral political tensions as seen between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as among countries in the Levant Basin (such as Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria). This was one topic of a meeting hosted by IPI on January 20th that discussed the impact of energy on security in the Middle East; 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 17, 2014

Roth: In Syria Peace Talks, Keep Justice—Not Impunity—on the Table

“There's always temptation for negotiators to jettison justice” in their haste to strike a deal, Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, told an IPI forum on war crimes accountability in Syria. But, he stressed, "I think it's important for us to recognize that justice should be on the table at Geneva II; impunity should not be.” 

 
 

 

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. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Are Recent Prison Breaks in Nigeria Part of a Southward Expansion by Boko Haram?
Whoever is behind them, these prison breaks signal that Nigeria’s authorities are struggling to maintain the rule of law, not just in the far northeast, but also in the Middle Belt and the southwest.

Key Global Events to Watch in December
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.