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Panel Discussions - April 27, 2012

Preventing Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Early Warning and Response Systems

An April 27th roundtable discussion at IPI titled “Preventing Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Early Warning and Response Systems” examined the progress, prospects and challenges of regional and international early warning and response mechanisms to monitor, anticipate, and mitigate potential conflict situations in Africa. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - April 26, 2012

Swanee Hunt on the Risk of Being “Even-Handed” in Bosnia

“Don’t be afraid to say there is an aggressor here,” Swanee Hunt, Chair of the Institute for Inclusive Security, told an IPI audience while discussing her new book, Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security. Ms. Hunt served as the US Ambassador to Austria between 1993-97 and hosted negotiations and meetings focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. 

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 18, 2012

Pires: In Fragile States, War Costs More Than Development

“It is a simple equation,” Emilia Pires, Minister of Finance of Timor Leste, said. “War costs more than development. When I began as Minister of Finance, even I was staggered by how citizen-state contracts could help solidify security, help rebuild lives, and put the state on a path to stability.” 

 
 

 

Conferences - April 12, 2012

2012 New York Seminar: Managing Transitions in the Arab World

This year's New York Seminar examined the recent political transitions that have taken place across the Middle East and North Africa, with special attention given to Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 11, 2012

Delaunay: Negotiation Key to Gaining Humanitarian Access

“There is no predetermined space of work for humanitarian action—there is no what we would call an 'intangible right' for humanitarian space that NGOs could claim by virtue of them being true humanitarians,” Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA  told an IPI lunchtime policy forum on April 11, 2011. 

 
 

 

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. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - March 28, 2012

Panelists Say Justice Necessary to Build Lasting Peace

“Peaceful societies are not built on the shoulders of war criminals,” David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice, told an IPI policy forum entitled "International Justice in a Time of Transition" on March 28, 2012.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Transforming Peacebuilding: Can the Internationals Put the Locals First?
International NGOs still struggle to achieve 'local ownership' in peacebuilding, but a new approach is working on putting local people in the lead.

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.