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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.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 15, 2014

Dieng: In CAR, Relocation of Civilians Is Only Option

Abdou Dieng, the former Senior Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic (CAR), said at IPI that relocation within the country is currently the only option for thousands of civilians who must choose between moving or facing death.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 14, 2014

Advocates of Multilateralism, Small States Seek New Influence at UN

Small states make up the majority of UN member states, and they are among the strongest advocates for the rules-based multilateral system, yet many of them face challenges as well as opportunities in advancing their interests at the United Nations.  

 
 

 

Conferences - May 13, 2014

War and Peace in a Digital Age: The 2014 Vienna Seminar

Technology is dramatically transforming the way that we look at, and deal with, war and peace: this was the key message of the 44th session of the IPI Vienna Seminar, which took place May 13-14, 2014. This year’s seminar examined how technology in a digital age is affecting war and peace making, governance, diplomacy, privacy, and safety.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 12, 2014

South Sudanese Civil Leaders: Peacebuilding Efforts Must Broaden

At a policy forum on May 12th entitled “The View from South Sudan: Civil Society Perspectives on a Way Forward,” two South Sudanese lawyers discussed the potential role of civil society in the mediation process, national reconciliation, and ensuring accountability for the abuses suffered by civilians in the current hostilities in their country. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Transforming Peacebuilding: Can the Internationals Put the Locals First?
International NGOs still struggle to achieve 'local ownership' in peacebuilding, but a new approach is working on putting local people in the lead.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
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.