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Policy Papers - June 27, 2012

New Compendium Chronicles the UN's Counterterrorism Activities

This book-length publication provides a comprehensive guide to the United Nation's counterterrorism efforts. It includes an analytical introduction that traces the evolution of UN work on counterterrorism, including both the relevant Security Council resolutions and the actions taken by the UN General Assembly.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 22, 2012

Managing Transitions in the Arab World

Despite their many differences, transitions taking place across the Arab world are united by demands for “bread and freedom.” They also share the common denominator of uncertainty. As turmoil and conflict continues in many places, what role can external actors play to facilitate democratic transitions in the region?  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 12, 2012

What Are the Reform Options for Rio+20?

The upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, presents an opportunity for member states to strengthen international environmental governance. But what key reforms are within reach? 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 04, 2012

Elections and Stability in West Africa

A large number of elections have been conducted in West African countries in recent years, and these elections provide insights into some of the strengths and weaknesses of the electoral process. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - April 19, 2012

Transition Compacts: Lessons from UN Experiences

This meeting note captures the proceedings at a seminar on November 2, 2011 on “Transition Compacts: Lessons from UN Experiences.” The seminar sought to learn from previous agreements on peacebuilding and development priorities between national governments and international partners in fragile and conflict-affected states.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 18, 2012

Engaging Nonstate Armed Groups on the Protection of Children: Towards Strategic Complementarity

This issue brief provides an overview of the legal, political, and operational frameworks protecting children from the effects of armed conflict, notably from violations by nonstate armed groups.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - March 30, 2012

What Works in Preventive Diplomacy

This meeting note summarizes the discussion from a forum held at IPI on December 15, 2011, in collaboration with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the SecDev Group, and the Social Science Research Council.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - March 29, 2012

Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation

In July 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey hosted an informal retreat for members of the UN Security Council in Istanbul, organized by IPI. This report, “Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation: Istanbul Retreat of the UN Security Council,” captures the discussions that took place during this meeting. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 22, 2012

Spotting the Spoilers, Analyzing Organized Crime

Rarely considered a serious challenge until recently, organized crime and related serious crime have become a critical issue in many fragile states. Experience shows that organized crime must be addressed during the course of any peace operation or political mission, since in many cases it is the biggest impediment to peace.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - February 22, 2012

New IPI Report: UN Mediation after Constitutional Crises

While the United Nations has extensive experience in helping to mediate the end to civil wars and implement peace agreements, its experience with non-civil-war transition crises is comparatively limited. This study examines the UN experience in five cases of unconstitutional changes in government between 2008-2011: Kenya, Mauritania, Guinea, Madagascar, and Kyrgyzstan.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Ukraine Steels Itself for Winter as Putin Forges Ahead with Novorossiya
As Ukraine searches for a unifying national identity, Russian-sponsored statebuilding in the east could lead to an emboldened 'Novorossiya' project.

Key Global Events to Watch in October
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.