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Conferences - June 01, 2009
Impunity and justice have been hot topics in recent discussions about African politics and governance. The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Peace Institute (IPI) held an expert workshop in Monrovia, Liberia, in May 2009 to consider a paper on the question
IPI in the News - May 28, 2009
General Announcements - May 26, 2009
IPI Chair Rita Hauser has put out the following statement:
“It is with regret and sadness that I inform you of the death of our former and long-time Board member Professor Thomas Franck. After a long and brave battle with cancer, Tom died on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in New York. Tom was a staunch supporter of IPI and a leading contributor to the development of international law. We will miss him.”
Senior Vice President and Director of Studies Edward C. Luck issued this remembrance:
“Tom was the co-founder, along with Michael Doyle, of the Center for the Study of International Organization that I started some years ago at the NYU School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He was always a most generous colleague, an insightful scholar, and a caring teacher. His zeal for international law was unceasing, while his devotion to the United Nations was sensibly tempered by deep and abiding concerns about its politics and practices. Among many other things, he was a role model for those of us seeking to combine scholarship and practice.”
Conferences - May 22, 2009
The compilation of the IPI Security Council Compliance Database entered into a new phase on May 22, 2009 as twenty-five doctoral students began systematically assessing compliance by civil-war parties with more than 1,500 specific demands issued by the UN Security Council to them in the context of twenty-five recent civil wars.
Conferences - May 21, 2009
Members of the advisory group of IPI’s project on Understanding Compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions in Civil Wars convened at IPI’s Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security and Development on May 21, 2009 for a seminar featuring presentations and active discussions on the research question, hypotheses, and methodology of the project as well as on an early draft of a forthcoming report entitled, “The UN Security Council and Civil War: First Insights from a New Dataset.”
Speaker Events - May 19, 2009
Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of a new book, Power Rules, said last week at an IPI event that the US remains the indispensable leader of the world, though US partnerships with other states are equally indispensable.
Speaker Events - May 12, 2009
According to terrorism expert Bruce Riedel, the situation in Pakistan is “dire and deteriorating,” and NATO could lose the war in Afghanistan due to a lack of resources and attention, but that could be avoided.
General Announcements - May 11, 2009
Welcome to the website of the International Peace Institute. This site presents a broad cross-section of IPI’s activities in pursuit of our mission to resolve global conflicts and crises through policy research and development. On these pages you will find our latest publications and learn about specific programs and activities, as well as recent meetings and events.
Looking back on a long and varied career in academia, policy research institutions, conflict mediation, Norwegian politics and government, and the United Nations, I have learned the importance of building bridges between these different sectors and the powerful potential for exchange of knowledge and mutual learning between them.
IPI is uniquely placed to facilitate this necessary exchange among academia, governments, NGOs, and international organizations, and thus to help build a more secure and peaceful world. I am extremely fortunate to have inherited a thriving institution in early 2005 from previous IPI Presidents – Major General Rikhye, the Honorable Olara Otunnu and, in particular, my immediate predecessor, Ambassador David Malone – who made IPI a fixture in United Nations circles and beyond.
As a policy research institute, our core goal is to inform decision-makers in government and the UN of trends and dynamics in peace and security and provide them with realistic policy recommendations. We do so by generating policy-relevant research and by channeling expert advice from all over the world into the UN system. Spending much of the past decade as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Middle East, I know firsthand the immense value of input from institutes such as the International Peace Institute. Our publications are also of much broader relevance, often appearing in university teaching curricula, academic research papers, and media commentary. In this way, IPI’s research contributes to a broader debate on the role of the United Nations in today’s world.
But the value of research does not solely lie in generating knowledge and policy advice. I have seen on many occasions how, in highly politicized environments, independent and non-partisan analysis can provide a basis for finding common ground among opposing parties. Indeed, the entry point for the process that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords between the PLO and the Government of Israel was a study on the living conditions in the Occupied Territory, undertaken by the Norwegian think tank Fafo, which I headed at the time. Similarly, IPI has a significant track record in bringing parties to the negotiating table by providing independent analysis and neutral ground. This is a tradition which I intend to pursue and strengthen.
Thank you for visiting IPI’s website. Please feel free to refer back to the website often, as we will make frequent updates. I hope that our site will become one of your trusted sources for research and analysis on multilateral peace and security issues and UN affairs.
Speaker Events - May 11, 2009
Policy Papers - May 10, 2009
Horrific acts of terrorism, such as the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, underscore the regional nature of the terrorist threat in South Asia, and they point to a need for greater cooperation within the region to address it.
The Global Observatory
After the UN Goal on Women Expires, What Happens to the Quest for Gender Parity?
With unfinished business leftover from MDG 3, how will the international community make sure equal rights for women stays on the post-2015 agenda?
Key Global Events to Watch in March
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.