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Comment & Analysis - September 08, 2011

Africa's “King of Kings” Is Out, Long Live His Wealth!

This summer, I was invited to speak at the Africa Center's Senior Leaders Seminar on post-conflict transitions in Washington, DC. Participants were mostly senior African military leaders, and the discussion session drifted to Libya. When one officer asked what the regional implications of the conflict in Libya could be, I thought that he, as a security expert, wanted to discuss refugees, mercenaries, and weapons crossing borders. But he quickly corrected me. “The question was about economic security,” he said.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - August 15, 2011

African Junior Professionals Fellowship Program at IPI

The fourth annual African Junior Professionals Fellowship Program at IPI brought six African scholars to New York for a month-long (July 1-28) familiarization with the United Nations and the related think tank community.

 

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - July 21, 2011

The Birth of South Sudan: A Difficult Road Ahead

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. It is the fifty-fourth sovereign nation in Africa, and the first one since Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. The occasion has been greeted with much fanfare and jubilation in Juba, the capital of this new country of over 8 million people. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 10, 2011

SRSG Meece Rejects Negative Analysis of DRC

Speaking at an IPI event, Roger Meece, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rejected the notion that the long and ongoing conflict in the DRC that has killed over five million people has created problems too complex to solve.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 09, 2011

Darfur, UNAMID, Doha, South Sudan: IPI Meeting

On June 9, 2011, IPI hosted a World Affairs Forum discussion with Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, Joint AU-UN Special Representative for the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  

 
 

 

Podcasts - May 26, 2011

Podcast: Jason Stearns on the Collapse and Future of the Congo

Jason Stearns, journalist and author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, spoke at IPI on May 17, 2011, on his experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - May 23, 2011

The Future of South Sudan

While this is an exciting period for the people of South Sudan, the future presents them (and their neighbors in the North) with many difficult challenges. The status of Abyei and postreferendum issues between North and South—such as citizenship, oil sharing, border demarcation, currency, and debts, among others—are yet to be resolved.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 17, 2011

Stearns: "Future of Congo Should Be in Hands of the Congolese"

"We need to give Congolese the tools to solve their own problems," said Jason Stearns, author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: the Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, during an IPI event on May 17th. "At the end of the day, it’s their duty, their responsibility. No foreigner is ever going to come in and fix the Congo’s problems."  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 16, 2011

Renewing MONUSCO’S Mandate: What Role Beyond the Elections?

Should the UN Security Council limit the role of MONUSCO to the protection of civilians in eastern Congo, or should it expand its mandate in an attempt to enforce democratic principles before the elections, at the risk of confronting the incumbent regime?  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 29, 2011

Lessons Learned from the Southern Sudan Referendum Process

On April 29th, IPI hosted a lunchtime policy forum on "Lessons Learned from the Southern Sudan Referendum Process.” Professor Mohamed I. Khalil and Justice Chan Reec Madut, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, respectively, made opening remarks on the lessons learned from the year-long process to enable the people of Southern Sudan to exercise their right to self-determination.

Professor Khalil has served the Republic of the Sudan as Minister of Justice, Speaker of the Constituent Assembly, and as the first Dean of Law at Khartoum University.

Justice Chan most recently served as the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Southern Sudan and as Legal Adviser to the First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan.

The event was held under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution. It was moderated by Dr. Edward C. Luck.

 
 

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.