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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.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - February 16, 2012

Security-Sector Reform: Nine Ways to Move from Policy to Implementation

Security sector reform (SSR) remains a relatively new and evolving concept, one that brings together practitioners and academics from many different backgrounds. The application of SSR differs from one context to the other, each with its own complications.  

 
 

 

Books - February 14, 2012

Termites at Work: Transnational Organized Crime and State Erosion in Kenya—Comprehensive Research Findings

The threat posed by organized crime is not confined to serious crimes such as racketeering, the global drug trade, or human trafficking. For many developing countries and fragile states, powerful transnational criminal networks constitute a direct threat to the state itself, not through open confrontation but by penetrating state institutions through bribery and corruption and by subverting or undermining them from within. This paper examines whether Kenya faces such a threat.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - January 26, 2012

Partnerships—a New Horizon for Peacekeeping?

What role do partnerships play in forming a global peacekeeping system that can respond effectively and predictably to today’s security challenges? This special issue of the journal International Peacekeeping addresses the political, strategic, and operational challenges inherent in partnerships and proposes strategies for addressing them. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question
In the short term, the killing of Godane is likely to result in more violent attacks, but longer-term consequences are hard to predict.

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.