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Policy Papers - February 03, 2015

Saving Strangers and Neighbors: Advancing UN-AU Cooperation on Peace Operations

The United Nations and African Union now deploy a record number of peacekeepers in Africa. In the past two years, the relationship between the two institutions has deepened, as new AU missions in Mali and the Central African Republic have transitioned into UN peacekeeping operations and ongoing missions in Somali and South Sudan have expanded considerably.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - January 29, 2015

Building Peace and Development in the Sahel: Enhancing the Political Participation of Women and Youth

The twin security and political crises that erupted in Mali in 2012 revealed the complex and multilayered challenges that threaten peace and stability and delay development across the Sahel.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 15, 2014

New IPI Report Explores the Challenges of Mediation in Libya’s Political Transition

As two rival parliaments and administrations in Tripoli and Tobruk currently vie for control of the government in Libya, a new UN-brokered initiative is attempting to renew a national dialogue process.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 11, 2014

New Report: Can Effective Governance Broaden Who is ''Rising'' in Africa?

The “Africa rising” narrative has gained traction in recent years. But who, exactly, is rising? While statistics point to a continent whose fortunes have improved, many African citizens remain at the margins of socioeconomic development.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 20, 2014

New IPI Report Examines Legal Issues Surrounding UN's Intervention Brigade

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN’s peacekeeping mission as a whole—not just the Intervention Brigade component—is a party to the conflict under international law.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 27, 2014

New Report Examines East Africa and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

East Africa continues to be a region experiencing major challenges. In recent years, it has endured regular violent conflicts and steady transnational security threats.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 15, 2014

New Report: Improving UN Capacity for Rapid Deployment

Too many conflicts over the past twenty years—from Rwanda to the Central African Republic—have demonstrated that the costs of intervening in a crisis increase dramatically when deployments of peace operations are delayed. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 10, 2014

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. In light of the recent conflict in the North of Yemen and Sana’a, with a constitution-drafting process underway, a referendum to approve a draft constitution, and coming elections all within the next year, the open dialogue established among key parties and factions in Yemen’s transition has become increasingly important.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 25, 2014

New Report Examines Role of Intellectuals in Arab Uprisings

No single individual has been credited with leading the Arab Spring. In fact, many have lamented that—in contrast to revolutions elsewhere—intellectuals and literary figures were conspicuously absent in the uprisings that began in Tunisia and spread across the region.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 19, 2014

New Report Calls for Integrated Multilateral Response to Organized Crime

Since the end of the Cold War, organized crime has moved from being a marginal problem in a few cities and regions to being a mainstream threat to national stability and international peace and security. While the threat has become transnational, the multilateral response has been slow, disjointed, and reactive.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

History Points to Rough Road Ahead for Ukraine Peace Deal
Previous deals can help shed light on the future of Minsk II.

Key Global Events to Watch in February
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2015: Ten Multilateral Events to Watch This Year
A list of ten events that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2015, 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.