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Speaker Events - September 10, 2012

Dambisa Moyo: Chinese Investment Is Improving African Livelihoods

“In 2007, the PEW Institute went around to ten African countries… and they actually asked the Africans, ‘What do you think of the Chinese?’” said author Dambisa Moyo during an IPI Beyond the Headlines event on September 10, 2012. “Africans that were surveyed said, ‘We love the Chinese. We think they are improving our livelihoods. They are changing our lives for the better.’” 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 07, 2012

Peace and Security Threats in the Sahel-Sahara Region

The crisis in the Sahel will not end unless new responses depart from the traditional “business-as-usual” approach. This was the key insight offered in a high-level roundtable on the Sahel held at IPI on September 7, 2012. Six key points emerged from the meeting:  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 06, 2012

The Young Peacebuilders

On September 6, 2012, IPI co-hosted an event with Save the Children and the Permanent Mission of Norway, entitled “Children, Youth and Peacebuilding.” The event focused on youth participation in peacebuilding efforts around the world, and featured seven teenage representatives from Uganda, Nepal, Albania, and Guatemala. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - August 28, 2012

IPI Panel Discusses Expectations for Middle East, North Africa

On August 28, IPI hosted a panel entitled “Arab Spring: A Revolution of Expectations” at the Political Symposium of the European Forum Alpbach (in Tyrol, Austria). 

 
 

 

Books - August 27, 2012

And Africa Will Shine Forth: A Statesman’s Memoir

This updated and translated version of a memoir by the now-former Chairman of the African Union Commission Jean Ping provides reflections upon the history of Africa since independence and a strong critique of the West’s relations with African countries, along with many rich anecdotes culled from Mr. Ping’s long diplomatic career.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 15, 2012

Broadening the Base of United Nations Troop- and Police-Contributing Countries

This report represents the first of a series of publications stemming from the Providing for Peacekeeping project, a partnership with IPI, Griffith University, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 11, 2012

Deploying the Best: Enhancing Training for United Nations 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. Systematic performance indicators to evaluate UN peacekeepers have yet to be implemented. And while the number of national, regional, and international centers for training UN peacekeepers has increased, greater coordination is needed to produce common standards and ensure that those who are trained actually deploy on UN missions. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - August 07, 2012

Preventing Conflicts in Africa: Early Warning and Response

In the wake of the crises in Mali and Guinea-Bissau in 2012, IPI co-organized a meeting with the Permanent Missions of South Africa and Azerbaijan to address the role and effectiveness of regional and international early-warning and response mechanisms. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - August 06, 2012

Understanding the Syrian Puzzle: A Conversation with Father Paolo Dall’Oglio

On August 6, 2012, IPI hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Understanding the Syrian Puzzle,” featuring Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian Jesuit priest who spent 30 years in Syria promoting inter-religious understanding and dialogue. 

 
 

 

- August 05, 2012

South Asia

With the projected increase in demand for UN peace operations worldwide, and the increasingly transnational nature of threats to human security — including climate change, terrorism, organized crime and armed conflict — there are opportunities for the UN and South Asia to develop stronger cooperation to address transnational security threats.

To that end, IPI's South Asia-related programming seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the region, and better connect the UN community to regional research and policy networks through a series of policy research projects and by using IPI's convening capacity to advance informal dialogue among scholars, practitioners and diplomats.

 
 

The Global Observatory

Is a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip Feasible?
The ceasefire proposed by UNSG Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry to put an end to the violence in Gaza may be the best offer on the table, although important lessons from the past need to be heeded.

Key Global Events to Watch in July
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.