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Podcasts - May 26, 2011

Podcast: Jason Stearns on the Collapse and Future of the Congo

Jason Stearns, journalist and author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, spoke at IPI on May 17, 2011, on his experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - May 24, 2011

The Case for a “Humanitarian Pause” in Libya

Recent efforts to get emergency assistance to civilians in the midst of the battle for Libya point to an ongoing debate at the United Nations and beyond—how to reconcile the urgent goal of bringing immediate assistance and protection to civilians with the imperative of keeping humanitarian aid neutral and impartial.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Conferences - May 23, 2011

2011 Vienna Seminar on Coping with Crisis in Europe and Central Asia

The 41st session of the IPI Vienna Seminar has just been held at the Austrian Diplomatic Academy, focusing on the subject, Coping with Crisis in Europe and Central Asia: Adapting to New Threats and Challenges.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 19, 2011

Be Prepared: Disaster Relief and the OSCE

A meeting on May 19th at IPI's Vienna office looked at challenges posed by the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, and what international emergency response mechanisms are in place, particularly in Europe.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 17, 2011

Stearns: "Future of Congo Should Be in Hands of the Congolese"

"We need to give Congolese the tools to solve their own problems," said Jason Stearns, author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, during an IPI event on May 17th. "At the end of the day, it’s their duty, their responsibility. No foreigner is ever going to come in and fix the Congo’s problems."  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 16, 2011

Tunisia Envoy Jomaa: "Transitional Justice is Needed Now"

"There is a strong belief that transitional justice is needed now, both to demonstrate a real break with the past, but also to make sure that a new Tunisia is built on a solid foundation of respect for the rule of the law that includes accountability of its leaders, current and former," said Ambassador Ghazi Jomaa of Tunisia at a May 16th panel discussion at IPI.  

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - May 09, 2011

The UN and the War on Terrorism

Even to close observers, the United Nations can be frustratingly opaque, with decisions often being taken in hushed corridors, smoky coffee shops or behind closed doors.  

 
 

 

Podcasts - May 06, 2011

Podcast: Gaza Doctor Who Lost Daughters to War Appeals for Peace

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lost his 3 daughters in Gaza to a tank shell during the 2009 war, and on April 25th at IPI he gave a very moving account of the experience and his abiding belief in the possibilities of peace.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Caught in the Middle: Civilian Protection in South Sudan
Absent an active effort by the South Sudanese government, the UN Mission will need to adopt a holistic approach to civilian protection.

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.