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Policy Papers - February 16, 2012

Security-Sector Reform: Nine Ways to Move from Policy to Implementation

Security sector reform (SSR) remains a relatively new and evolving concept, one that brings together practitioners and academics from many different backgrounds. The application of SSR differs from one context to the other, each with its own complications.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - January 26, 2012

Partnerships—a New Horizon for Peacekeeping?

What role do partnerships play in forming a global peacekeeping system that can respond effectively and predictably to today’s security challenges? This special issue of the journal International Peacekeeping addresses the political, strategic, and operational challenges inherent in partnerships and proposes strategies for addressing them. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - January 06, 2012

Preventive Diplomacy: Regions in Focus

Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in employing preventive tools to thwart the outbreak and escalation of violent conflict. This paper looks at the state of and challenges ahead for preventive diplomacy in four different regions of the world: Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - December 06, 2011

Meeting Note: The OSCE-Mediterranean Partnership and the Arab Uprisings

This meeting note summarizes discussions at an IPI workshop in Vienna, held on October 25, 2011, about how the uprisings and changes in the Arab world affect the partnership between the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and its Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation (MPCs). 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - December 05, 2011

Seminar Report: Multilateral Strategies for Conflict Prevention

Ten years ago the UN Secretary-General pledged to intensify efforts to move from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention. In 2005, heads of state and government at the UN World Summit solemnly renewed their commitment “to promote a culture of prevention of armed conflict.”  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 30, 2011

Environmental Migration: Policy Gaps and Response Strategies

By 2050, 25 million to 1 billion people are expected to be migrating due to environmental factors. Though examining linkages between environmental conditions and migration have been on the international agenda at least since 1992, only in recent years have they become better understood.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 23, 2011

What Army for Haiti?

President Michel Martelly of Haiti was widely expected to announce the creation of a new Haitian army on November 18, 2011. Instead, the newly-elected president called for the creation of a civilian-led commission that will have forty days to finalize a plan for the army, which was disbanded in 1995.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Books - November 10, 2011

UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From the Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts

In this wide-ranging book on UN peacekeeping missions in Africa, Dr. Adekeye Adebajo examines fifteen different operations on the continent spanning five-and-a-half decades. It is the first comprehensive historical and analytical review of UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Ukraine Steels Itself for Winter as Putin Forges Ahead with Novorossiya
As Ukraine searches for a unifying national identity, Russian-sponsored statebuilding in the east could lead to an emboldened 'Novorossiya' project.

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.