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Policy Papers - December 20, 2013

New Report Plans Ahead for a Postconflict Syria

Though the conflict in Syria shows no signs of abating, and hopes for the Geneva II talks in January are dim, this paper argues it is never too early to start planning for peace. The paper examines three recent post-conflict transitions in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen—and draws lessons for Syria. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - December 19, 2013

Mtetwa: Fighting Against the Odds for Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Despite newly promised constitutional protections, there are many challenges facing the human rights community in Zimbabwe, according to Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer. She spoke on advancing the rule of law in Zimbabwe during an African Leaders Series event at the International Peace Institute on December 19th.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 17, 2013

New Paper Examines Role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

This publication examines the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which has often been cast as a tool of Russian and Chinese cooperation aimed at countering the West, yet has evolved to be a dynamic institution that is carving out a more diverse role in multilateral affairs.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 12, 2013

New Publication: Peacekeeping Reimbursements—Key Topics for the Next COE Working Group

This issue brief analyzes the key issues under discussion as preparation begins for the first meeting in three years of the United Nations Contingent-Owned Equipment System (COE) Working Group, which takes place in January 2014.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 11, 2013

When Do Civil-War Parties Heed the UN?

The Security Council issued 1,557 demands to conflict parties in civil wars in the 15 years following the end of the Cold War, through its resolutions. Based on a statistical analysis of IPI’s Security Council Compliance Database, this report shows that while the levels of compliance with these demands varied, there was a slight increase in compliance over time. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - December 11, 2013

USG Haq: Human Rights Part of United Nations’ DNA

Human rights has become such an integral part of UN peacekeeping missions over the last decade that it is “part of our DNA,” said Ameerah Haq during a policy forum at the International Peace Institute on December 11th.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 09, 2013

New Report Examines Nordic Cooperation in Multilateral Diplomacy

Nordic multilateral cooperation represents one of the oldest and most traditional forms of regional cooperation in Europe. This paper examines the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers, the two principal regional organizations comprised of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - December 09, 2013

Muñoz: Investigating Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination

Heraldo Muñoz appeared at IPI on December 9th in a Beyond the Headlines event for his book Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan

 
 

 

- December 05, 2013

Africa

Established in 1992, the Africa Program examines the capacity of Africa's regional and sub-regional organizations to prevent and respond to existing and emerging security challenges on the continent. Its primary objective is to deepen knowledge about Africa's crises, draw international attention to them, and contribute to the enhancement of institutional capacities in peace and security. In this regard, the Program works closely with the African Union, regional economic communities, the United Nations, the European Union and other partners and states to explore policy options for capacity building in sustainable peace, stability, and development.

Working Paper: Partnerships in Peace Operations

This working paper provides background information on the recent history of relations between the United Nations (UN) Security Council and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) with respect to peace operations. It forms the initial analytical basis for a forthcoming paper which will make recommendations for improving collaboration in this area between the two councils.

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The Global Observatory

Political Deadlock and Impunity Fuel Central African Republic Killings
Peacekeeping efforts in CAR are unlikely to succeed if the months of rampant impunity and political deadlock aren't properly addressed.

Key Global Events to Watch in October
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.