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Meeting Notes - April 14, 2008

Peace Operations and Organized Crime

Drawn from a seminar jointly convened by the International Peace Institute and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, this paper explores the relationship between organized crime and international peace operations al hitherto largely neglected area of both scholarly and practitioner-led discourse.  

 
 

 

Conferences - April 14, 2008

Constructing Political Space in Iraq: Examining the UN's Role

The Middle East Program at IPI recently held a Policy Forum aimed at dissecting and better understanding the role of the United Nations in Iraq. Entitled "Constructing Political Space in Iraq: Examining the UN's Role," the event was part of a series convened by IPI with leading intellectuals and political figures from or engaged in the Middle East. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 13, 2008

Taking Stock, Looking Forward: A Strategic Review of the Peacebuilding Commission

Drawing on interviews with senior officials of Peacebuilding Commission member countries, as well as UN, government, and civil society stakeholders in New York, Burundi, and Sierra Leone, this report assesses whether the Peacebuilding Commission is on the right track and makes recommendations to further consolidate its emerging role and enhance its impact.  

 
 

 

Conferences - April 10, 2008

Strengthening Multilateral Capacity: Roundtable on Transnational Organized Crime

IPI's Coping with Crisis program held a roundtable meeting on transnational organized crime at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel. The roundtable was the first of five such events to be held for "Task Force One: Transnational Security Challenges." 

 
 

 

Conferences - April 02, 2008

Opening Plenary on Transnational Security Challenges Launches IPI Task Force One

On April 2nd-4th, representatives of approximately forty UN member states met for the opening plenary meeting of IPI’s “Task Force One on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity,” at the Greentree Estate on Long Island. Task Force One will deal specifically with transnational security challenges; these include organized crime, weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism, small arms, and biosecurity. Each of these issues will be examined in greater depth during roundtables to be held during April and May.
 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 31, 2008

Resource Scarcity: Responding to the Security Challenge

This IPI paper examines in detail the correlation between environmental issues and security, drawing on both scientific evidence and empirical examples, and concludes with a series of actionable policy recommendations.

 
 

 

General Announcements - March 24, 2008

IPA Changes Name to International Peace Institute (IPI)

After more than 30 years of operation, the International Peace Academy (IPA) has changed its name to the International Peace Institute (IPI). The change took effect on Monday, March 24, 2008.
 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - March 07, 2008

A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report by Jan Egeland

IPI and the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations held a panel discussion and book launch for A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity, by Jan Egeland. 

 
 

 

General Announcements - February 23, 2008

IPI President Delivers Speech at the World Affairs Council, San Francisco

IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen spoke last week at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco on his long-term perspectives on resolving the Middle East crisis, and on the topic of “Coping with Crisis in the Middle East: Four Epicenters of Instability.”
 

 
 

 

General Announcements - February 17, 2008

IPI Launches Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Capacity

On February 7-8, IPI  launched a new initiative, the Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity, with an opening symposium on “Development, Resources, and Environment: Defining Challenges for the Security Agenda.”
 

 
 

The Global Observatory

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