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Panel Discussions - December 01, 2013

How to Cope With Organized Crime

Organized crime has evolved dramatically over the past decades, and there are insufficient tools and training to enable members of peace operations to properly assess and respond to these threats. To address this shortcoming, IPI developed and implemented a two-week pilot course—the first of its kind—on how to cope with organized crime as a spoiler for lasting peace.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 28, 2013

Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?

Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 26, 2013

Addressing the Crisis in Central African Republic

How to prevent catastrophe in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the topic of an event at the International Peace Institute on November 26th. Ten months after a military coup brought the current transitional government to power, the Central African Republic is wracked by massive human rights violations, sectarian violence, attacks on civilians, and reprisals by self-defense groups.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 22, 2013

Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?

The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 19, 2013

Haqqani: Pakistanis Need Honest Debate About Their Country

"We Pakistanis need an honest debate inside our country about what is Pakistan's national interest. We never have it,” said Hussain Haqqani, a former Pakistani diplomat and journalist, who was at IPI on November 19th to give a presentation on his latest book, Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 13, 2013

From Mud Floor to Middle Class: Doug Saunders Discusses the Rise of Urbanites

On November 13, Canadian-British author and journalist Doug Saunders spoke at IPI’s Vienna Office about the challenges of sustainable urbanization. Drawing on observations made in his book Arrival City (2011), Saunders—an international affairs columnist with the Globe and Mail and five-time winner of the Canadian National Newspaper Award—pointed out that 25 million people become urbanites every week.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 07, 2013

Lazzarini: A New Deal for Somalia?

On November 7th, the International Peace Institute hosted Philippe Lazzarini, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, to discuss whether its “New Deal Compact” could break the cycle of crises in Somalia.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 04, 2013

Assembling a Crime-fighting Toolbox for Peace Operations

On November 4-5, IPI, together with the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), organized an expert seminar in Berlin to improve the capacity of peace operations to respond to the threat posed by organized crime.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 25, 2013

Book Launch: Genocide and the Politics of International Action

The International Peace Institute launched its latest book, Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action, featuring a panel discussion with the editors and others on October 25.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 24, 2013

Arab Youth: A Narrative of Polarization

To begin the launch of her book, Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia, Nur Laiq quoted the wife of Hosni Mubarak, the strongman leader who ruled Egypt for over three decades. “’Oh, it's just kids who are holding up traffic; it will pass,'” she said of the early protestors in Tahrir Square. Then, after a pause, she added, “The Mubarak regime fell a few days later." 

 
 

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.