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Conferences - February 26, 2015

ICM Briefs African Regional Group

On February 26th, Chair Kevin Rudd and Secretary-General Hardeep Puri briefed delegates from the UN’s African Group about the ICM and its work. This was the last of a series of briefings which the Commission held during the month of February to inform UN regional groups about its vision for an effective multilateral system.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - February 05, 2015

SRSG Kay: 2015 a “Decisive Year” for Somalia

Nicholas Kay, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, told an IPI audience that 2015 will be a decisive year for the African country, as its citizens move to establish a democratic and federal system which they hope can ensure their security and development.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - February 03, 2015

Saving Strangers and Neighbors: Advancing UN-AU Cooperation on Peace Operations

The United Nations and African Union now deploy a record number of peacekeepers in Africa. In the past two years, the relationship between the two institutions has deepened, as new AU missions in Mali and the Central African Republic have transitioned into UN peacekeeping operations and ongoing missions in Somali and South Sudan have expanded considerably.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - December 12, 2014

Effective Governance Key to Africa’s Rise

Good governance is the key to Africa’s rise, but structural challenges are pulling the continent back, according to a new report launched at a December 12th IPI policy forum entitled “Effective Governance in Challenging Environments.” 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 11, 2014

New Report: Can Effective Governance Broaden Who is ''Rising'' in Africa?

The “Africa rising” narrative has gained traction in recent years. But who, exactly, is rising? While statistics point to a continent whose fortunes have improved, many African citizens remain at the margins of socioeconomic development.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 05, 2014

Top-Down Governance Hurts Women, Youth Participation

Governments in the Sahel and Maghreb are still using top-down approaches to governance that make it hard for women and youth to have a say in public life, even though their participation can help their governments’ struggle against instability and extremism.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 27, 2014

New Report Examines East Africa and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

East Africa continues to be a region experiencing major challenges. In recent years, it has endured regular violent conflicts and steady transnational security threats.  

 
 

 

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.”  

 
 

 

Conferences - September 09, 2014

Threats and Opportunities for Energy Sector in West Africa

West African development depends on energy, and that energy depends on stability—this was one of the sentiments repeated during a September 9th expert roundtable held in Paris on the theme of energy and security in West Africa.  

 
 

 

 

The Global Observatory

History Points to Rough Road Ahead for Ukraine Peace Deal
Previous deals can help shed light on the future of Minsk II.

Key Global Events to Watch in February
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2015: Ten Multilateral Events to Watch This Year
A list of ten events that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2015, 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.