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General Announcements - April 03, 2014

Video: The Conflict, Disaster, and Displacement Nexus - Implications for Protection and Resilience in the Horn of Africa

On April 3rd, IPI, together with the Nansen Initiative, hosted a policy forum focusing on disaster-induced cross-border displacement and exploring the relevance of the nexus on efforts to build the resilience of communities at risk of natural hazards and conflict at the regional level and on the post-2015 UN Development Agenda discussions.

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Panel Discussions - March 25, 2014

Adebajo, Panel Discuss African and African-American Nobel Peace Laureates

The ten Africans and three African-Americans who have won the Nobel Peace Prize comprise a complex group of peace leaders, said Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director of Centre for Conflict Resolution, on March 25th. He spoke as part of a panel at the International Peace Institute’s launch of Africa’s Peacemakers, Nobel Laureates of African Descent, edited by Mr. Adebajo. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - March 14, 2014

Top Clerics Say CAR Crisis Not Religious but Political

“This is not a religious crisis, actually,” said Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Catholic Archbishop of Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) on March 14th. “It is a political and military crisis.” The archbishop joined two other faith leaders at the International Peace Institute to discuss opportunities to stop the killing that broke out in December 2012. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 11, 2014

Leaving Women Out of Peace Is “Trying to See With One Eye Covered”

Since women make up half the world population, peace processes without them is “like trying to see with one eye covered," said Leymah Gbowee, Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, at the International Peace Institute on March 11. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 26, 2014

Roméo Dallaire: Neutralize Child Soldiers Without Destroying Them

“We believe that by better training both police and military and a whole new dimension of working much closer, particularly information-wise, with NGOs and other agencies on the ground, we can work at neutralizing without destroying children as a system of weaponry in this era,” said Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Ret.) at an IPI event on February 26th.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - February 18, 2014

Jok: Near Collapse in South Sudan Is Shocking but Not Surprising

The events that recently brought South Sudan to a near collapse were “extremely shocking, but they were not surprising by any means,” said Jok Madut Jok, Executive Director of The Sudd Institute, at the International Peace Institute on February 18. “It was only a matter of time before the country returned to this kind of situation,” he added.  

 
 

 

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.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - January 16, 2014

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

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. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - December 19, 2013

Mtetwa: Fighting Against the Odds for Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Despite newly promised constitutional protections, there are many challenges facing the human rights community in Zimbabwe, according to Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer. She spoke on advancing the rule of law in Zimbabwe during an African Leaders Series event at the International Peace Institute on December 19th.  

 
 

 

- December 05, 2013

Africa

Established in 1992, the Africa Program examines the capacity of Africa's regional and sub-regional organizations to prevent and respond to existing and emerging security challenges on the continent. Its primary objective is to deepen knowledge about Africa's crises, draw international attention to them, and contribute to the enhancement of institutional capacities in peace and security. In this regard, the Program works closely with the African Union, regional economic communities, the United Nations, the European Union and other partners and states to explore policy options for capacity building in sustainable peace, stability, and development.

Working Paper: Partnerships in Peace Operations

This working paper provides background information on the recent history of relations between the United Nations (UN) Security Council and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) with respect to peace operations. It forms the initial analytical basis for a forthcoming paper which will make recommendations for improving collaboration in this area between the two councils.

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The Global Observatory

As Nature of Conflict Changes, Is International Humanitarian Law Still Relevant?
In this interview, Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, legal director of Doctors Without Borders, discusses the relevance of humanitarian law in today's conflicts.

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.