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Meeting Notes - July 09, 2009

Understanding Local Context: The Use of Assessment Tools for Conflict-Affected and Fragile States

This meeting note is a summary of the main points that emerged from a workshop discussion that took place on June 11-12, 2009 on the use of assessment tools for conflict-affected and fragile states called “Understanding Local Context.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - July 08, 2009

Richard N. Haass: When Should the US Go to War?

Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars, outlined at an IPI evening reception when and how the US should or should not go to war and when it might be a necessity.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - July 07, 2009

Commission Head Speaks of Need to Combat Impunity in Guatemala

The head of a UN-mandated commission in Guatemala told an audience at IPI on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 that Guatemala’s economic elite has begun to understand the serious danger posed by international organized crime, and particularly narcotrafficking, and that the solution requires a stronger state capable of confronting it.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - June 30, 2009

Managing Complexity: Political and Managerial Challenges in UN Peace Operations

This publication, drawn from a December 2008 IPI-GCSP (Geneva Centre for Security Policy) conference in New York, outlines the challenge of UN peacekeeping being overmatched by complexity, while offering suggestions for understanding and dealing with complex environments. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 30, 2009

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Civil Society Perspectives on Prospects, Challenges and Way Forward

On June 30, 2009, IPI and the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the UN co-hosted a lunchtime policy discussion with civil society representatives on the recently released Secretary-General’s Report on Peacebuilding in the Immediate Aftermath of Conflict.  

 
 

 

 

 

Meeting Notes - June 22, 2009

The Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) and Genocide Prevention in Africa

This report outlines the outcomes from an expert roundtable convened by IPI, the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and the InterAfrica Group, which took place in Addis Ababa in October, 2008.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - June 19, 2009

Special Representatives Discuss Legitimacy, Impartiality, and Safety in UN Field Missions

On June 19th, IPI convened a full-day meeting of UN member states and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSGs), with the goal of sharing lessons learned from UN field missions. The dialogue featured Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and speakers drawn from the highest levels of the UN Secretariat and was held under the Chatham House Rule. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 18, 2009

IPI Hosts Premiere of HBO Film "Sergio" at UN

On June 18, 2009, at the United Nations, IPI and HBO Documentary Films hosted a screening of Sergio, a film that recounts the life and death of UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed during the bombing of Baghdad’s Canal Hotel in 2003. 

 
 

 

Conferences - June 11, 2009

Experts Workshop Examines the Use of Assessment Tools for Conflict-Affected and Fragile States

On June 11 and 12, 2009, IPI convened an experts’ workshop aimed to improve understanding of how international actors grapple with local context and dynamics in the countries where they work. 
 

 
 

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.