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Panel Discussions - June 05, 2012

Former Girl Soldier: Kony, LRA Atrocities - “Pure Evil”

“The atrocities that children were forced to go to villages, to abduct more children, is none other than evil – pure evil that the LRA was doing in northern Uganda,” Grace Akallo, a former captive of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), told an IPI audience on June 5, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 08, 2012

Panel on the Changing Nature of Peacekeeping

“Hybrid and support models are gaining prevalence, particularly among the UN and the AU . This reflects the changing nature of peacekeeping in Africa, especially the manner in which peacekeeping missions are composed, driven, and funded,” Olivier Nduhungirehe, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations, told an IPI audience on May 8, 2012.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 27, 2012

Preventing Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Early Warning and Response Systems

An April 27th roundtable discussion at IPI titled “Preventing Conflicts in Africa: The Role of Early Warning and Response Systems” examined the progress, prospects and challenges of regional and international early warning and response mechanisms to monitor, anticipate, and mitigate potential conflict situations in Africa. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 13, 2012

Løj Recounts Eventful End to Liberia SRSG Role

During an IPI event on March 13, Ellen Margrethe Løj, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), recounted the challenges the country faced in 2011 during her last year as SRSG when violence in the Cote d’Ivoire sent Ivorians flooding into Liberia during a fragile election season.  

 
 

 

Books - February 14, 2012

Termites at Work: Transnational Organized Crime and State Erosion in Kenya—Comprehensive Research Findings

The threat posed by organized crime is not confined to serious crimes such as racketeering, the global drug trade, or human trafficking. For many developing countries and fragile states, powerful transnational criminal networks constitute a direct threat to the state itself, not through open confrontation but by penetrating state institutions through bribery and corruption and by subverting or undermining them from within. This paper examines whether Kenya faces such a threat.  

 
 

 

 

 

Panel Discussions - December 12, 2011

After the Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The International Peace Institute on December 12th held a policy forum focusing on the just-completed balloting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that brought a crowd of 120 people to IPI’s Trygve Lie Center.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 18, 2011

Prevent Piracy At All Costs Says Freed Ship Master

“We have to prevent hijacking of ships at all costs,” Mahadeo Makane, himself a victim of such an attack, told an IPI audience on November 18th.

Mr. Makane, the former Master of the ship Marida Marguerite, spoke on the treatment by pirates of hostages, recounting his own horrific experience, when his ship was captured and he was kept chained and in isolation for twenty-one days.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 17, 2011

New IPI Meeting Note: Elections and Stability in West Africa

This meeting note summarizes the discussions at a conference organized by the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) in Praia, Cape Verde on May 18-20, 2011. The conference addressed the need for a sustained effort to strengthen electoral processes in West Africa as a means to consolidate peace and democracy in the region.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 14, 2011

Okoth-Obbo: IDPs “Very Poor Cousins of Refugees”

“IDPs really remain very poor cousins of refugees,” remarked George Okoth-Obbo, Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at a lunchtime IPI Policy Forum on November 14, 2011 entitled, "The Kampala Convention and Internal Displacement."  

 
 

The Global Observatory

UN at "Heart of the Dysfunction" in Humanitarian Aid, New Report Finds
In a new report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) offers a blunt critique of the humanitarian system, and the UN's role in it. IPI's Marie O'Reilly spoke with Sandrine Tiller, one of the authors.

Key Global Events to Watch in July
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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.