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Conferences - May 13, 2014

War and Peace in a Digital Age: The 2014 Vienna Seminar

Technology is dramatically transforming the way that we look at, and deal with, war and peace: this was the key message of the 44th session of the IPI Vienna Seminar, which took place May 13-14, 2014. This year’s seminar examined how technology in a digital age is affecting war and peace making, governance, diplomacy, privacy, and safety.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 12, 2014

South Sudanese Civil Leaders: Peacebuilding Efforts Must Broaden

At a policy forum on May 12th entitled “The View from South Sudan: Civil Society Perspectives on a Way Forward,” two South Sudanese lawyers discussed the potential role of civil society in the mediation process, national reconciliation, and ensuring accountability for the abuses suffered by civilians in the current hostilities in their country. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 06, 2014

Spain’s FM on Palestinian-Israeli Peace: Both Sides Must Compromise

José Manuel Garcìa-Margallo, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, pledged support to a lasting two-state solution for the Israelis and the Palestinians, and asserted that the Assad regime must be removed to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - May 02, 2014

Protecting Journalists in Times of Unrest and Conflict

On the occasion of the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, a group of experts and senior journalists gathered at IPI on May 2nd to discuss the increasingly serious challenges faced by journalists around the world who are continually threatened, abducted, and even killed because of their work, particularly in conflict areas.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 01, 2014

Nambiar: Myanmar Has Ethnic Tensions in Evolving Democracy

Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar said that over the past four years, the country has achieved remarkable progress in terms of democratic and political reform, but that ethnic tensions between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority still pose a serious threat to Myanmar’s path to reform and stability.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 24, 2014

Principles for Youth and Peacebuilding

There are some 1.2 billion young people in the world today, and many are counted as part of the 1.5 billion living in war-affected areas, noted Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Policy Analyst at the International Peace Institute on April 24th. Ms. Ó Súilleabháin quoted the statistic while chairing a panel discussion to launch the book Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 22, 2014

Adama Dieng: Action, Not Only Warning, Needed On Genocide Prevention

Genocide is a process with many “signposts along the road,” said Adama Dieng, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, on April 22nd. “What we need is not more early warning, but early action,” he added at a panel discussion on the lessons learned in the 20 years since the Rwandan genocide. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - April 17, 2014

Stent: No More US-Russia Resets

“After four resets and what’s happened in Ukraine, probably the United States should forget resets [with Russia] and focus on realism,” said Angela E. Stent, author of The Limits of Partnership: US-Russia Relations in the Twenty-First Century. She discussed her book at the International Peace Institute on April 17th.  

 
 

 

Conferences - April 11, 2014

IPI, Turkey Host Informal Retreat for UN Security Council

IPI and the government of Turkey co-hosted an informal United Nations Security Council (UNSC) retreat in Istanbul on April 11-13, 2014. The retreat, in its fifth consecutive year, gathered members of the UN Security Council, as well as current chairs and high-level officials of a number of international and regional organizations to examine how the UNSC and regional organizations may more effectively work together on issues concerning international peace and security. 
In an off-the-record setting, discussions sought to build upon existing mechanisms for strengthened cooperation between the Security Council and regional organizations on areas of conflict prevention, peace operations, counterterrorism, and humanitarian crises, with particular emphasis given to prevention.

A meeting note on the retreat is forthcoming from IPI.

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 10, 2014

Is Humanitarian Law Still Fit For Purpose?

On April 10th, IPI, together with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)–USA, hosted a policy forum that focused on the promotion of greater compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) for a better protection of civilians and improved effectiveness of humanitarian aid, and attempted to provide some recommendations to improve respect for IHL in todays' most violent conflicts.

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The Global Observatory

As UN Troops Withdraw from Syrian Golan Heights, Stakes Increase for Israel and Lebanon
The recent capture of the Quneitra crossing by Syrian militant forces is of great symbolic importance and reminds us that the Syrian civil war is nowhere close to an end.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
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.