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Meeting Notes - February 13, 2008

Transnational Security Challenges and the United Nations: Overcoming Sovereign Walls and Institutional Silos

James Cockayne

 

 

The International Peace Institute's 2007 West Point Seminar brought together participants from over forty Permanent Missions to the UN and four governmental and nongovernmental organizations to discuss how the UN can address transnational security challenges more effectively. Transnational security threats challenge the state-centric premises on which the UN system operates.  Such threats are characterized by an event or phenomenon of cross-border scope, the dynamics of which are significantly driven by nonstate actors. This report summarizes and reflects on the key points that emerged at the seminar.

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