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Panel Discussions - September 16, 2013

Vogt: Democracy Cannot Be Imposed

“As members of the international community, we should not come with preconceived and prefixed concepts of democracy to impose,” said Margaret Vogt, Mediator-in-Residence at the UN Department of Political Affairs. “We should make sure that we work with organic structures and institutions and reinforce those.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 13, 2013

SRSG Kay Expresses Optimism on Somalia

“This is a UN presence on the ground, out front in Somalia in a way that it hasn’t been in a generation,” said Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, at an IPI event on September 13th, about the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The mission replaced the long-standing UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) in June 2013. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 09, 2013

Ban, Bloomberg at IPI

Terje Rød- Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute, welcomes New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a reception at IPI.

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - July 10, 2013

Tax Revenue, Not Aid, Better For Countries Emerging from Conflict, Says Expert

“Countries have more to gain from growing their tax bases than they do from relying on international development assistance,” said Kieran Holmes, General Commissioner of the Burundi Revenue Authority, at an IPI policy forum held on July 10th.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - July 03, 2013

In Preparing for Disaster, Coordination Saves Lives

Regional cooperation for disaster preparedness and relief in Central Asia was the topic of a July 3rd roundtable discussion held in Almaty, Kazakhstan that brought together representatives from the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and included officials from emergency services from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Iran, as well as international experts on civil-military coordination for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - July 02, 2013

Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa

In a new volume which challenges traditional peacebuilding frameworks in Africa, seventeen chapter authors of the book Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa, examine the tensions in the interaction between local and global actors engaged in building peace on the continent. The book, a joint collaboration between Cambridge University and the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa, was introduced at the International Peace Institute on July 2, 2013 by co-editor Dr. Devon Curtis.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - July 01, 2013

Citizen Security Joins the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Much has been learned from the experiences of both countries and international development partners working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were declared in 2000. In particular, country experience has revealed the importance of citizen security for achieving sustainable development, underscoring the importance of including armed violence prevention and reduction in the post-2015 MDGs framework. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 28, 2013

Energy Diplomacy in the Caspian

On June 28th, the IPI Vienna Office hosted an expert roundtable on energy and security in the Caspian, Caucasus, and Central Asia. The roundtable focused on the region around the Caspian Sea, which is potentially the world’s third largest oil producing region, with reserves of more than 200 billion barrels of oil and 800 billion cubic feet of gas.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 27, 2013

Telhami: The World Through Arab Eyes

“Understanding identity is the key to understanding opinion, not the other way around,” said Shibley Telhami, author of the book, The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East, at an IPI Beyond the Headlines event on June 27th, 2013.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 26, 2013

The Future of Intrastate Conflict in Africa: More Violence or Greater Peace?

A discussion held at the International Peace Institute on June 26th affirmed that recurring drivers of conflict in Africa can be addressed by quality leadership, accountable governance, strong institutions, and a healthy relationship between the state and the citizens.  

 
 

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