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General Announcements - July 31, 2014

IPI’s Hoge Al Jazeera Interview on Gaza, the UN and Press Coverage

Warren Hoge, IPI Senior Adviser for External Relations, tells Al Jazeera America that an imminent ceasefire in Gaza is unlikely because of the unwillingness of both sides in the conflict, Israel and Hamas, to accept one, and the difficulty that poses for UN and US efforts to obtain a halt in the fighting.

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 25, 2014

Mousavian: Iran and US Have Serious Chance for Rapprochement

From Iraq to Syria, from energy to counterterrorism, Iran and the United States share many common interests across the Middle East and ought to put aside their decades of hostility, said author and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 23, 2014

IPI, Luxembourg Host Ministerial Dinner on Mideast Peace

On June 23, 2014, the International Peace Institute, together with the government of Luxembourg, hosted a ministerial working dinner in Luxembourg on the recent developments in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process; the humanitarian and political crisis in Iraq and Syria; and the current situation in Egypt.

The dinner, which was held under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution, was co-chaired by Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Luxembourg; Dr. Sultan al Jaber, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates; and IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen.

Among those also in attendance were the foreign ministers of Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary-General of the PLO’s Executive Committee, and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also attended.

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 22, 2014

Hamid: Muslim Brotherhood Will Be Back

Author Shadi Hamid made this prediction in an IPI Distinguished Author Series event on May 22nd featuring his book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 06, 2014

Spain’s FM on Palestinian-Israeli Peace: Both Sides Must Compromise

José Manuel Garcìa-Margallo, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, pledged support to a lasting two-state solution for the Israelis and the Palestinians, and asserted that the Assad regime must be removed to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  

 
 

 

Conferences - April 05, 2014

IPI Opens Middle East Regional Office

International Peace Institute President Terje Rød-Larsen inaugurated IPI’s new Middle East Regional Office with a recognition of the area’s critical importance to the world and the rapid political changes underway in the countries of the region, and he asserted that IPI has an “important role” to play there.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - April 02, 2014

IPI Celebrates the Opening of the IPI-Middle East Regional Office

The new Middle East Regional Office, located in Manama, Bahrain, will be formally inaugurated on April 5th. Following is the advisory that was circulated today.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 26, 2014

Derek Plumbly on Lebanese Resilience Amid Rising Challenges

Lebanon has exceeded expectations in dealing with the continuing fallout from the crisis in neighboring Syria, said Derek Plumbly, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, on March 26th. Speaking at the International Peace Institute, Mr. Plumbly praised the Lebanese people for “actually sustaining a measure of stability in their country.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 19, 2014

In Praise of Pluralism

Pluralism—awarding equal rights despite political, religious or cultural preferences—is the only governance model that will allow the Arab world to thrive, argued Marwan Muasher, a Middle East scholar and Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment, on March 19th.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 20, 2014

Energy: A Source of Cooperation or Conflict in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean?

Despite the fact that countries in the Middle East have growing energy needs that could be satisfied by their neighbors, there is a lack of cooperation due to bilateral political tensions as seen between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as among countries in the Levant Basin (such as Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria). This was one topic of a meeting hosted by IPI on January 20th that discussed the impact of energy on security in the Middle East; 

 
 

The Global Observatory

As UN Troops Withdraw from Syrian Golan Heights, Stakes Increase for Israel and Lebanon
The recent capture of the Quneitra crossing by Syrian militant forces is of great symbolic importance and reminds us that the Syrian civil war is nowhere close to an end.

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.