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Meeting Notes - February 13, 2014

The Security-Development Nexus in Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa: Notes from the Security Council Istanbul Retreat

Mireille Affa’a Mindzie, rapporteur

This meeting note discusses Turkey’s growing role in Africa, and it surveys the many regional efforts to improve security and development on the continent. It summarizes the main points of discussion at the 4th Istanbul Retreat of the UN Security Council, which was held on April 6-7th, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.  

 

Meeting Notes - January 16, 2014

Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Assessing the Threat, Preparing the Response

Mireille Affa’a Mindzie and Fiona Blyth, rapporteurs

This meeting note addresses current and emerging threats in the Gulf of Guinea, including piracy, and the conditions that contribute to their rise, such as economic inequality and poor governance. The report summarizes key themes from a roundtable discussion held at IPI last June on the security challenges in the region. 

 

Policy Papers - December 17, 2013

New Paper Examines Role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Stephen Aris

This publication examines the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which has often been cast as a tool of Russian and Chinese cooperation aimed at countering the West, yet has evolved to be a dynamic institution that is carving out a more diverse role in multilateral affairs.  

 

Meeting Notes - October 02, 2013

Meeting Note: Security and Development in the Sahel-Sahara

Mireille Affa’a-Mindzie, rapporteur

This meeting note summarizes the outcomes of an international seminar on security and development in the Sahel-Sahara, held in Niamey, Niger on February 15-16, 2013.  

 

Policy Papers - July 03, 2013

The UN Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


by Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert and Fiona Blyth

The fall of Goma to the M23 rebel group in November 2012 pushed the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations to revisit its mission and mandate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After nearly fourteen years of peacekeeping in DRC, the UN is now deploying a new kind of “offensive” combat force—the Intervention Brigade—to break the cycles of violence by neutralizing and disarming rebel groups.