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Panel Discussions - February 24, 2015

Quantifying Peace

“Peace can and should be quantified,“ said Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace while speaking at IPI’s Vienna office on January 24. Mr. Killelea stressed the need for focusing on positive peace rather than just the absence of conflict (negative peace), and outlined ways of defining and measuring peacefulness. 

 
 

 

Conferences - February 17, 2015

ICM Briefs UN Delegates from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Others

ICM Chair Kevin Rudd and Secretary-General Hardeep Puri briefed delegates from the Eastern European and Western European and Others groups on February 17th and 19th, respectively.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - February 13, 2015

Slovak FM Lajčák: Ability to Listen Is Key to Effective Multilateralism

Sharing his views on topics ranging from the crisis in Ukraine and the role of women in peace processes to the changing role of the UN, Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia said the key ingredient to a successful multilateralism is “the ability to listen to each other, the kind of listening when you understand even if you might disagree." 

 
 

 

Conferences - February 12, 2015

Building Bridges in Georgia

On February 12th, the International Peace Institute, with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, held a meeting in Belgrade to explore new approaches to improving relations between Georgia and the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  

 
 

 

Conferences - February 09, 2015

ICM Meets With UN Representatives from Latin America, Caribbean, Asia-Pacific

Chair Kevin Rudd and Secretary-General Hardeep Puri briefed delegates from the Latin American and Caribbean (GRULAC) and Asia-Pacific regional groups on the work of the ICM on February 9th and 10th, respectively.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - February 05, 2015

SRSG Kay: 2015 a “Decisive Year” for Somalia

Nicholas Kay, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, told an IPI audience that 2015 will be a decisive year for the African country, as its citizens move to establish a democratic and federal system which they hope can ensure their security and development.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - February 03, 2015

Banbury Credits Ban With Mobilizing UN Ebola Response

Anthony Banbury, the just-departed head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), told an IPI audience on February 3rd that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon played the “critical role” of mobilizing the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last fall.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - January 29, 2015

Costa: Pendulum of Power is Swinging Away from the West

In a discussion about his new book The Checkmate Pendulum: From Fiction to Reality that took place at IPI’s Vienna Office on January 29, former high-ranking UN official Antonio Maria Costa warned that “the world order as we have known it since the Second World War is changing, and the rulebook is being rewritten.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - January 20, 2015

Dutch FM Koenders: ''The Security Council Has to Change''

Speaking to an overflow IPI audience on January 20th, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders acknowledged how far the United Nations has come since its inception 70 years ago but said that the organization still “has a lot of growing up to do.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - December 15, 2014

Fathi: Iran and the Struggle Between Hardliners and Reformers

Discussing her new book The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran at IPI on December 15th, author Nazila Fathi said that 35 years after the revolution, Iran is divided between hardliners and a large moderate middle class, but admitted that it is still unclear which of the two sides will gain the upper hand.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

History Points to Rough Road Ahead for Ukraine Peace Deal
Previous deals can help shed light on the future of Minsk II.

Key Global Events to Watch in February
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2015: Ten Multilateral Events to Watch This Year
A list of ten events that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2015, 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.