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The International Peace Institute was founding in 1970 as a training academy for the United Nations and offers training seminars by invitation in diplomacy, negotiation and conflict resolution.

IPI New York Seminar
Since 1996, the International Peace Institute (IPI) has held an annual seminar on peace and security for the New York-based UN community. The IPI New York Seminar is designed to foster professional development and informal policy discussions among representatives of member states, the UN Secretariat and specialized agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and independent experts. Its objective is to deepen the expertise of participants on critical policy issues. The seminar also provides participants with an opportunity to compare different regional and national experiences and to develop closer professional relationships. 

IPI Vienna Seminar
The IPI Vienna Seminar was established in 1970 as a training seminar for diplomats, military representatives and international civil servants to provide advanced training in multilateral conflict resolution. Over time, the Seminar has evolved to provide an annual platform to examine critical policy challenges for international peace and security.  The Seminar is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defense and Sports and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

IPI Summer Training Program: Advanced Course in Diplomacy, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
This new course established in 2012 offers advanced training in diplomacy, negotiation and conflict resolution to mid-career diplomats. The course focuses on deepening and developing participants’ insights into the evolving international security environment and contemporary diplomatic approaches to prevent, manage and resolve conflict.  The course places strong emphasis on developing the practical skill-sets needed in modern diplomacy, including negotiation techniques and professional development exercises to improve public speaking and presentation skills.

UNITAR-IPI Fellowship Program in Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy
This annual program offers training in conflict analysis and mediation to mid- and senior-level UN staff, diplomats and representatives of regional organizations. The primary focus is on preventing and resolving disputes through the United Nations.  Senior United Nations staff members, including Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and renowned academics and practitioners serve as resource persons for the program to discuss the latest knowledge and practices in the field.  The training program is hosted in Oslo, Norway. The program is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Government of Australia.  

African Junior Professionals Program
Since 2008, IPI has worked in partnership with the African Leadership Centre of King’s College London to bring a select group of African scholars to New York to study the evolving role of the United Nations on African peace and security issues. The African Junior Professionals Fellowship Program provides the scholars with intensive exposure to the work of the UN Secretariat, as well as interaction with New York-based academic institutions and think tanks. The one-month program is by invitation only and aims to develop the skills of the next generation of professionals who will be engaged in managing, and ultimately leading, African institutions in the coming years. IPI has hosted 41 African scholars since the program began.

Program Staff

Maureen Quinn
Director of Programs
Taimi Strehlow
Program Administrator