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Policy Papers - December 11, 2014

New Report: Can Effective Governance Broaden Who is ''Rising'' in Africa?

The “Africa rising” narrative has gained traction in recent years. But who, exactly, is rising? While statistics point to a continent whose fortunes have improved, many African citizens remain at the margins of socioeconomic development.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 05, 2014

Top-Down Governance Hurts Women, Youth Participation

Governments in the Sahel and Maghreb are still using top-down approaches to governance that make it hard for women and youth to have a say in public life, even though their participation can help their governments’ struggle against instability and extremism.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 27, 2014

New Report Examines East Africa and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

East Africa continues to be a region experiencing major challenges. In recent years, it has endured regular violent conflicts and steady transnational security threats.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 17, 2014

Abdullahi: To Be “At Peace with Itself,” Africa Needs to Address Structural Flaws

On September 17th, the African Union’s (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha L. Abdullahi acknowledged that Africa had come a long way in its quest for democratic governance, but added that it would have to address the structural causes that often plunge it into conflict in order to “be at peace with itself, secure, and corruption-free.”  

 
 

 

Conferences - September 09, 2014

Threats and Opportunities for Energy Sector in West Africa

West African development depends on energy, and that energy depends on stability—this was one of the sentiments repeated during a September 9th expert roundtable held in Paris on the theme of energy and security in West Africa.  

 
 

 

 

 

- August 21, 2014

The Sahel

 
 

 

Conferences - August 05, 2014

Accra Meeting Examines Effective Governance in Challenging Environments

Despite undeniable progress, the continuous peace and security reverses witnessed across Africa illustrate the persistent gap that exists between aspirational good governance norms and principles and their actual implementation.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 16, 2014

New Report: Responding to Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea has become notorious for violence, conflict, and political instability, which often have origins in bad governance, corruption, and failures of social and economic development. How can national governments and multilateral organizations best respond?  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - July 01, 2014

SRSG Johnson: South Sudan Crisis Changed UNMISS “Mindset”

Hilde Johnson, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), gave an overflow IPI audience a dramatic account of the challenging situation that has faced the United Nations in the country since the eruption of mass violence at the end of last year.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

Are Recent Prison Breaks in Nigeria Part of a Southward Expansion by Boko Haram?
Whoever is behind them, these prison breaks signal that Nigeria’s authorities are struggling to maintain the rule of law, not just in the far northeast, but also in the Middle Belt and the southwest.

Key Global Events to Watch in December
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.