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Panel Discussions - December 17, 2007

African Union and UN Officials Meet to Improve Capacity Building

The International Peace Institute, in cooperation with the UN Departments of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping Operations, and the African Union (AU), convened a high-level workshop on November 7th-8th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, titled “The Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme: Towards a Broader Understanding of AU-UN Cooperation.”
 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 30, 2007

The United Nations, Groups of Friends, and the Resolution of Conflict

IPI held a book launch for Friends Indeed -- The United Nations, Groups of Friends, and the Resolution of Conflict (Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2007) by Teresa Whitfield, Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council.
 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 27, 2007

The Effectiveness of UN Arms Embargoes

IPI held a roundtable on a new report prepared by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN.
 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 13, 2007

Managing Contradictions: The Inherent Dilemmas of Postwar Statebuilding

Statebuilding—the construction of legitimate, effective governmental institutions—is a crucial element in any larger effort to create the conditions for a durable peace and human development in countries that are just emerging from war.  

 
 

 

Conferences - October 31, 2007

IPI Co-organizes Seminar for Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General

IPI co-organized the Fourth Seminar for Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) from October 16th-18th at Le Mirador Kempinski Hotel in Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland. All current full-time representatives were invited to participate, along with the most senior staff in the relevant UN departments and agencies. 

 
 

 

Conferences - October 24, 2007

Government Contracting of Private Military and Security Companies

IPI convened a retreat last week with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Greentree Foundation to generate recommendations for states contracting private military and security companies. In the wake of the recent scandal around the alleged killing of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater contractors, it is becoming all too clear how contractor misconduct eventually comes back to hurt whoever is footing the bill. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 13, 2007

The UN Security Council's Counterterrorism Program: What Lies Ahead?

After an overview of the Council’s counterterrorism initiatives since September 2001, this report provides an analysis of the Security Council’s counterterrorism program and recommendations for its improvement, with a focus on the Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.  

 
 

 

Books - October 11, 2007

Managing Insecurity: Field Experiences of Security Sector Reform

Effective peacebuilding in the aftermath of civil war usually requires the drastic reform of security institutions, a process frequently known as security sector reform.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - October 02, 2007

Senegalese President Delivers First Lecture in African Leaders Series

H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal, inaugurated IPI's African Leaders Series on September 25th with a speech at the Waldorf-Astoria entitled “Consolidation of Peace in Africa and Prospects for Economic Development in Senegal.” IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen introduced President Wade, who followed his speech with a question and answer session. 

 
 

 

Conferences - September 14, 2007

Toward a Compact: Proposals for Improved Governance and Management of the UN Secretariat

Roundtable on the Final Report by the Four Nations Initiative: Toward a Compact--Proposals for Improved Governance and Management of the United Nations Secretariat.
 

 
 

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