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Policy Papers - September 24, 2013

Women in Conflict Mediation: Why It Matters

This issue brief examines the current state of women’s involvement in formal peace processes, focusing on the role of lead mediators. While traditional approaches to international conflict mediation are falling short in the face of 21st-century violence, one possible source of fresh perspectives and alternative approaches remains largely untapped: women. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 23, 2013

Peace and Security in the Sahel: The Role of Civil Society

On September 23, 2013, a ministerial roundtable was held at IPI to discuss the role of civil society in facilitating peace and security in the Sahel region. One of the key insights discussed was that the countries of the Sahel, along with the international community’s support, have the primary responsibility to address the multifaceted challenges that led to the crisis in Mali and continue to weaken the region.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 22, 2013

IPI Annual Mideast Ministerial Dinner

More than 40 foreign ministers, United Nations officials, and heads of humanitarian agencies gathered Sunday night, September 22, 2013, at the International Peace Institute for the Eighth Annual Ministerial Working Dinner on the Middle East. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 20, 2013

Robinson: "Framework of Hope" Potentially a Game Changer in Great Lakes Peace Processes

Women peace builders—on the ground and across the negotiating table—was the focus of a September 20th IPI event featuring Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa, where she discussed why women’s voices matter in peace processes and the next steps in implementing the February 24th Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework, also known as the Framework of Hope. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 19, 2013

Complexities Abound in Kenya's Withdrawal From Rome Statute

The complexities surrounding Kenya’s recent proposal to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC)—a decision regretted by most representatives of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute—was the topic of a recent IPI policy forum on September 19th.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 17, 2013

Egeland: Detoxify Counterterrorism Measures

“What is material support to terrorism? Is it building a school that someone would potentially take over?”

These questions were posed by Jan Egeland, the Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and a former UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, at an IPI panel event cosponsored by NRC and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 

 
 

 

 

 

Panel Discussions - September 16, 2013

Vogt: Democracy Cannot Be Imposed

“As members of the international community, we should not come with preconceived and prefixed concepts of democracy to impose,” said Margaret Vogt, Mediator-in-Residence at the UN Department of Political Affairs. “We should make sure that we work with organic structures and institutions and reinforce those.”  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 13, 2013

New Report: How Regional Responses to Humanitarian Crises Could Help Syria

As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, could the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country and its neighbors provide an entryway for regional cooperation? This policy paper examines how regional responses to humanitarian crises have succeeded or failed to meet humanitarian objectives in order to inform approaches to contemporary crises. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 13, 2013

SRSG Kay Expresses Optimism on Somalia

“This is a UN presence on the ground, out front in Somalia in a way that it hasn’t been in a generation,” said Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, at an IPI event on September 13th, about the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The mission replaced the long-standing UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) in June 2013. 

 
 

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