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Books - October 12, 2011

Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies?

Peace operations are increasingly on the front line in the international community’s fight against organized crime. This book explores how, in some cases, peace operations and organized crime are clear enemies, while in others, they may become tacit allies.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - September 23, 2011

Upcoming Elections in Africa

Elections have facilitated the emergence of democratic governments in Africa, and, in some cases, more stable societies have emerged. In some other cases, however, elections have been manipulated to legitimize autocratic regimes or to ensure dynastic successions on the continent.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 15, 2011

Making UN Peacekeeping More Robust: Protecting the Mission, Persuading the Actors

Written by Patrice Sartre, a retired French Marine General, this report recounts the achievements and weaknesses of United Nations peacekeeping operations while considering ways to increase robustness.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 27, 2011

Issue Brief: Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation

In anticipation of the Secretary-General’s report on preventive diplomacy and the coming Security Council debate in the fall, heightened attention has been paid to the topic of preventive diplomacy in 2011.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 24, 2011

IPI Vienna Report on OSCE and Natural Disasters

The dimensions, frequency, and complexity of natural disasters are increasing, and no country is immune from this trend. Is there a role for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)?  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 21, 2011

Maintaining International Peace and Security: A Summit Meeting of the UN Security Council

The big-picture issues at the crossroads of peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding were taken up by the Security Council in September 2010, under the presidency of Turkey.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 26, 2011

IPI Report: The Security Sector in Côte d’Ivoire

A new IPI report identifies the security sector in Côte d’Ivoire as a root of a decade of crises there and discusses how comprehensive security-sector reform is a key to preventing a return to armed conflict in the future.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 23, 2011

The Future of South Sudan

While this is an exciting period for the people of South Sudan, the future presents them (and their neighbors in the North) with many difficult challenges. The status of Abyei and postreferendum issues between North and South—such as citizenship, oil sharing, border demarcation, currency, and debts, among others—are yet to be resolved.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 16, 2011

UN Peacekeeping in the 21st Century—Partnerships for Peace

Discussions at the 2010 IPI Vienna Seminar were focused on the potential for renewed and expanded partnerships that respond more effectively to peace and security challenges.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 04, 2011

From Confidence Tricks to Confidence Building: Resolving Conflict in the OSCE Area

This meeting note is based on an IPI workshop that focused on how confidence-building measures (CBMs) have been used to reduce tensions and build trust between parties in several conflict situations throughout the world, and in particular in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) area. The workshop was held at IPI's Vienna office.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Risk and Robustness: A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the concepts of risk, resilience, volatility, and their meaning for international relations.

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.