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Policy Papers - September 24, 2013
This issue brief examines the current state of women’s involvement in formal peace processes, focusing on the role of lead mediators. While traditional approaches to international conflict mediation are falling short in the face of 21st-century violence, one possible source of fresh perspectives and alternative approaches remains largely untapped: women.
Policy Papers - September 13, 2013
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.
Policy Papers - August 29, 2013
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
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
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
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
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.
Policy Papers - July 03, 2013
The fall of Goma to the M23 rebel group in November 2012 pushed the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations to revisit its mission and mandate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After nearly fourteen years of peacekeeping in DRC, the UN is now deploying a new kind of “offensive” combat force—the Intervention Brigade—to break the cycles of violence by neutralizing and disarming rebel groups.
Policy Papers - June 13, 2013
Despite the tremendous and continuing efforts associated with UN peacekeeping operations, the full range of available data on uniformed contributions to UN peacekeeping has not been readily available to researchers, limiting the use of quantitative methods on questions related to UN peacekeeping.
Policy Papers - June 03, 2013
From Afghanistan to Kosovo, from Mali to Somalia, organized crime threatens peace and security. And yet, of the current 28 UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding or special political missions, less than half have mandates related to organized crime, and those that do are not well-equipped or well-prepared to face this threat.
The Global Observatory
CWhat Makes a Terrorist Stop Being a Terrorist?
A close look at terrorist de-radicalization programs shows that it is still unclear whether they work, and if so, how.
Key Global Events to Watch in November
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.
September 25, 2014
IPI Remembers Margaret Vogt