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Policy Papers - February 28, 2013

Mali and the Sahel-Sahara: From Crisis Management to Sustainable Strategy

While the political and security crisis that erupted in Mali in 2012 seems to evolve daily, the underlying factors that threaten peace and human security in the Sahel region are not new. This issue brief analyzes the current crisis in Mali within the context of the Sahel-Sahara region as a whole.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - February 13, 2013

Enhancing European Military and Police Contributions to UN Peacekeeping

In the context of the impending NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, a regional roundtable held in Berlin last year discussed the potential for future European commitments to UN peacekeeping.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - December 19, 2012

Rebuilding Lives: Regional Solutions to Displacement in the Western Balkans

This report stems from a roundtable meeting held at IPI Vienna in May and featured representatives from the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia, who in 2011 produced a regional accord to address the lingering problem of displacement nearly 20 years after the Balkan wars precipitated a crisis of refugees and IDPs. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 18, 2012

Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence (French Translation)

This is a French translation of an IPI policy paper first published in July 2010.

This report seeks to address measures to preempt election-related conflicts and political violence against the backdrop of the progress made in institution-building for democratic governance, peace, and security by the OAU/AU. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 05, 2012

Go Long: Six Actions to Structurally Address Organized Violence

This issue brief presents a long-term vision of how to address organized violence. It argues that in order to be most effective, international action must be integrated in nature, global in scope, and focused on reducing the structural conditions that provide fertile ground for violence.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - November 05, 2012

Mitigating the Consequences of Violent Conflict: What Works and What Does Not?

This meeting note reflects the discussions of the Second International Expert Forum held at IPI on June 6th. The purpose of the forum was to take stock of the consequences of ongoing violent conflict and means to prevent and reduce them, including peacekeeping operations and special envoys. 

 
 

 

Books - August 27, 2012

And Africa Will Shine Forth: A Statesman’s Memoir

This updated and translated version of a memoir by the now-former Chairman of the African Union Commission Jean Ping provides reflections upon the history of Africa since independence and a strong critique of the West’s relations with African countries, along with many rich anecdotes culled from Mr. Ping’s long diplomatic career.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - August 07, 2012

Preventing Conflicts in Africa: Early Warning and Response

In the wake of the crises in Mali and Guinea-Bissau in 2012, IPI co-organized a meeting with the Permanent Missions of South Africa and Azerbaijan to address the role and effectiveness of regional and international early-warning and response mechanisms. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - August 02, 2012

UN Peacekeeping Transitions: Perspectives from Member States

This issue brief addresses the nature and timing of peacekeeping transitions, paying particular attention to the perspectives of UN member states and decisions by the Security Council. 

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - August 01, 2012

UN Transitions: Mission Drawdown or Withdrawal

The meeting note summarizes a high-level discussion on the drawdown and withdrawal of peacekeeping and special political missions. It addresses the political dimensions of these transitions from the perspective of member states and examines the UN’s approach to planning and managing these transition phases. 

 
 

The Global Observatory

Can Russia Reshape Ukraine Without Firing a Shot?
To protect its interests, Russia is pushing for the federalization of Ukraine through economic influence and propaganda, but use of force could still be possible.

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

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, 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.