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Panel Discussions - September 16, 2013

Vogt: Democracy Cannot Be Imposed

“As members of the international community, we should not come with preconceived and prefixed concepts of democracy to impose,” said Margaret Vogt, Mediator-in-Residence at the UN Department of Political Affairs. “We should make sure that we work with organic structures and institutions and reinforce those.”  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 13, 2013

New Report: How Regional Responses to Humanitarian Crises Could Help Syria

As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, could the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country and its neighbors provide an entryway for regional cooperation? This policy paper examines how regional responses to humanitarian crises have succeeded or failed to meet humanitarian objectives in order to inform approaches to contemporary crises. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 13, 2013

SRSG Kay Expresses Optimism on Somalia

“This is a UN presence on the ground, out front in Somalia in a way that it hasn’t been in a generation,” said Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, at an IPI event on September 13th, about the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The mission replaced the long-standing UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) in June 2013. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 09, 2013

Ban, Bloomberg at IPI

Terje Rød- Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute, welcomes New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a reception at IPI.

 
 

 

General Announcements - September 06, 2013

High-Level Meeting in Tunis on Mali and the Sahel Sahara

On September 9 and 10, IPI, together with the Centre 4S, and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), will co-host a high-level meeting in Tunis that will bring together officials and specialists working on the Mali issue with the objective to conduct a critical examination of the realities underlying the crises in Mali and the Sahel-Sahara and the regional and international responses crafted to address them; take stock of the challenges that lie ahead; and identify appropriate responses. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 29, 2013

New Report Examines How to Enhance Training for UN Peacekeepers

A new IPI paper examines the United Nations’ and member states’ efforts to train UN peacekeepers. The success or failure of a UN peacekeeping operation is partly determined by the effectiveness of its individual peacekeepers. Yet, the UN’s training strategy for peacekeepers remains at an embryonic stage.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 28, 2013

New Report: Does the UN Have Integration Fatigue?

This new IPI report examines the evolution of integrated planning efforts at the United Nations, which has undertaken a series of institutional innovations over the last two decades to promote greater coherence in the organization’s conflict and postconflict engagements. Yet, the UN integration agenda faces a number of obstacles that threaten to roll back some of the hard-won gains.  

 
 

 

Books - August 27, 2013

Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action

What are the causes of genocide and mass atrocities? How can we prevent these atrocities or, when that is no longer possible, intervene to stop them? The authors of Responding to Genocide explore these questions, examining the many challenges involved in forging effective international policies to combat genocidal violence. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - August 14, 2013

Humanitarian Engagement in Contemporary Complex Emergencies

This meeting note presents a synthesis of discussions from IPI’s eighteenth annual New York Seminar, which explored old and new challenges to humanitarian action in contemporary multifaceted emergencies. Complex conflict-related crises, such as the one in Syria today, present significant challenges for humanitarian actors:  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 22, 2013

Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping: Not Just a Numbers Game

This report argues that the UN is unlikely to reach its gender goals because it is not fully implementing its own two-pronged approach of increasing the number of women in peacekeeping operations and integrating a gender perspective within its missions.  

 
 

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