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Speaker Events - November 17, 2011

Ahmed Maher: We Must Prevent Military Rule in Egypt

Speaking the evening before the largest protests in Tahrir Square since February were to occur, Ahmed Maher, Founder and General Coordinator of the Egyptian April 6th Youth Movement, praised the Egyptian revolution but warned against exaggerating the degree of change it has achieved.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 16, 2011

Riahi: Arab Intellectuals “Unknown Soldiers” of the Revolution

“We were the unknown soldiers who were moving and controlling the opposition,” Kamel Riahi, an award-winning Tunisian novelist and critic of the previous regime, said at an IPI event while reflecting on the role of intellectuals in the Tunisian revolution.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - November 15, 2011

IPI Launches the Rick Hooper Distinguished Fellowship for International Peace and Security

The International Peace Institute has established a new fellowship honoring Richard M. Hooper, the UN diplomat and Middle East expert who was killed at age 40 on August 19, 2003 in the terrorist bombing of United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.
 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 14, 2011

Okoth-Obbo: IDPs “Very Poor Cousins of Refugees”

“IDPs really remain very poor cousins of refugees,” remarked George Okoth-Obbo, Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at a lunchtime IPI Policy Forum on November 14, 2011 entitled, "The Kampala Convention and Internal Displacement."  

 
 

 

General Announcements - November 10, 2011

UN Peacekeeping in Africa: A New Book by Adekeye Adebajo

A book launch event for UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From the Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts, with author Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, and Atul Khare, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Change Management Team.

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Panel Discussions - November 10, 2011

New CTITF Report on Biological and Chemical Threats Launched at IPI

“The governments of the world are facing a very daunting challenge in asymmetric warfare,” said Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning and Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) at an event at IPI on November 10th. “The threat of terrorism in one that is very real; it affects everyone around the globe, and those asymmetries are really something that we can only address through broad international cooperation.”  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 09, 2011

Crowdsourcing and Conflict Prevention

Nick Martin, the President of the organization TechChange captured the essence of how crowdsourcing techniques can strengthen conflict prevention, saying, “In a conflict prevention scenario, good enough information now is probably a lot better than perfect information in two weeks.” 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 04, 2011

Adapting to Threats and Challenges in Europe and Central Asia: The 2011 Vienna Seminar

This meeting note reports on the 2011 Vienna Seminar, which was held under the theme “Coping with Crisis in Europe and Central Asia: Adapting to New Threats and Challenges,” at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna on May 23-25, 2011.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - November 04, 2011

Filippo Grandi: Palestinian Refugee Question Stagnating

Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), told an IPI audience that the question of accommodating the wishes of the Palestinian refugees was “suffering a particular stagnation,” leaving them profoundly frustrated at their continuing  plight six decades after the partition of the land they once inhabited. 

 
 

 

General Announcements - November 03, 2011

Palestinian Refugees in the Arab Spring: A Forgotten Constituency?

Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), spoke about his role as Commissioner-General of UNRWA and the challenges ahead for Palestinian refugees in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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