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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

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.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 11, 2013

When Do Civil-War Parties Heed the UN?

The Security Council issued 1,557 demands to conflict parties in civil wars in the 15 years following the end of the Cold War, through its resolutions. Based on a statistical analysis of IPI’s Security Council Compliance Database, this report shows that while the levels of compliance with these demands varied, there was a slight increase in compliance over time. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 08, 2013

Taking Stock, Moving Forward: Report on the 2012 Elections to the UN Security Council

On April 8, 2013 in Helsinki, IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen presented to Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja a survey of the 2012 elections to the UN Security Council.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - March 29, 2012

Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation

In July 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey hosted an informal retreat for members of the UN Security Council in Istanbul, organized by IPI. This report, “Strengthening Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation: Istanbul Retreat of the UN Security Council,” captures the discussions that took place during this meeting. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - October 26, 2011

The UN Security Council and Conflict Prevention: A Primer

In September 2011, the office of the UN Secretary-General released its first report focused specifically on preventive diplomacy; the report was subsequently discussed at the Security Council. This paper aims to contribute to these ongoing discussions by providing a primer on the UN’s work on conflict prevention and ideas for improvement.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - June 21, 2011

Maintaining International Peace and Security: A Summit Meeting of the UN Security Council

The big-picture issues at the crossroads of peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding were taken up by the Security Council in September 2010, under the presidency of Turkey.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 28, 2011

Issue Brief: Impact of Emerging Powers on the Council

The current configuration of the Security Council has produced widespread speculation regarding the impact the new non-permanent members--some with aspirations for permanent seats--will have on the tone and substance of the Council’s work this year.  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - March 01, 2011

Essays on Responsibility to Protect and Security Council Role

The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna have put together the first comprehensive analysis of the role of the UN Security Council in the ongoing process of implementing the responsibility to protect (RtoP).  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - September 20, 2010

Security Council Istanbul Retreat: At the Crossroads of Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding

This meeting note draws on the discussions held during the informal retreat of the UN Security Council in Istanbul, Turkey on June 25-26, 2010. The retreat was co-organized by the government of Turkey and the International Peace Institute. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - September 07, 2010

The UN Security Council and Civil War: Insights from New IPI Study

This new IPI report examines trends in how the Security Council has engaged with civil wars since 1989 and the gradual evolution of the Council’s civil-war response strategies, including where and when it chose to engage.  

 
 

The Global Observatory

As Russia and the West Joust, Ukraine Risks Deeper Divisions and More Violence
The longer this stand-off continues, the greater the risk that divisions will harden into permanent fault-lines and doom Ukraine to a bitter and potentially violent disintegration.

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.