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Panel Discussions - November 29, 2012

Learning Lessons About Peacebuilding

Strategic coordination and flexible funding of security-sector reform (SSR); disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR); and administrative and social services can help prevent relapses into armed conflict. This was the main conclusion of a roundtable discussion held at IPI and co-organized with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office on November 29, 2012. 

 
 

 

Understanding Local Context - November 28, 2012

State Fragility

In recent years, the international policy community has begun to grapple more systematically with the challenges posed by state fragility, evidenced by commitments made by donor governments and institutions to adapt aid policies for countries in fragile situations.

This program provides policy analysis to enhance understanding of state fragility and improve engagement with fragile states. It builds on past IPI work on the role of the state in consolidating peace, and international efforts to build capable and legitimate states in the wake of conflict.

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 27, 2012

SRSG Kobler: UN “More Needed Than Ever” in Iraq

“I think we are more needed than ever,” said Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), at an IPI event on November 27, 2012.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 21, 2012

The Uprisings and the Future of North Africa and the Middle East: The Vienna Seminar 2012

"The challenge for us all is to ensure that the spark of revolution ignites a beacon of hope and not a wildfire of despair,” said IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen at IPI's 2012 Vienna Seminar.  

 
 

 

- November 20, 2012

Humanitarian Affairs

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 16, 2012

Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges

The modern international humanitarian system is being tested like never before. Built on a philosophy that espouses universality and integrity of humanitarian principles, the system now faces crises and conflicts that are changing in nature, an increased humanitarian caseload, and a renewed assertiveness on the part of host states. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 15, 2012

David Lesch: Future Bleak in Syria

Tyrants and dictators who cling to power during their downfall perceive a different world than the rest of us, explained David Lesch, Professor of Middle East History at Trinity University, at an IPI event on November 15, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 08, 2012

ICC Prosecutor Bensouda on Security Council Referrals

Concrete action is needed to improve the UN Security Council’s practice of referring situations to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This was the main message to emerge from a roundtable discussion on the relationship between the ICC and the Security Council held at IPI on November 8, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 07, 2012

UN Human Rights Work on the Ground

Roger Nash spent two years in 11 countries gathering over 400 interviews for a book-length report that examines the work and influence of the UN’s Human Rights presence on the ground. He presented his report at an IPI event entitled “Making Human Rights Real” on November 7, 2012.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 05, 2012

Mitigating the Consequences of Violent Conflict: What Works and What Does Not?

This meeting note reflects the discussions of the Second International Expert Forum held at IPI on June 6th. The purpose of the forum was to take stock of the consequences of ongoing violent conflict and means to prevent and reduce them, including peacekeeping operations and special envoys. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Defying Spain, Catalans Vote for Independence, But What’s Next?
The unofficial Catalan referendum has raised several questions about Catalonia’s future and its relationship with Madrid.

Key Global Events to Watch in November
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.