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Speaker Events - November 10, 2011

UN Peacekeeping in Africa: A New Book by Adekeye Adebajo

IPI hosted a book launch event on November 10th for UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From the Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts, with author Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, and Atul Khare, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Change Management Team. 

 
 

 

General Announcements - October 04, 2011

IPI Launches Report on Transnational Organized Crime in Kenya

Transnational criminal networks are corrupting and undermining state institutions in some countries to such an extent that they pose a threat to the state itself, according to two new reports from IPI made public on October 4th in Nairobi at a policy forum addressed by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila A. Odinga.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - September 26, 2011

Elections and Stability in West Africa: The Way Forward

There is no single recipe for providing electoral assistance—this was a critical takeaway from a September 26th roundtable discussion at IPI on “Elections and Stability in West Africa: The Way Forward.”  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 22, 2011

President Ouattara: Main Issue for Côte d’Ivoire Is Reconciliation

“The main issue that we’re addressing—reconciliation,” Alassane Ouattara, the President of Côte d’Ivoire, told an overflow audience at IPI on September 22nd. The President, who took office in May, outlined steps that he was taking to bring people together in his country, which was convulsed by violence in the six months following the November election when the loser, former President Laurent Gbagbo, refused to step down.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - September 20, 2011

Mahiga: Somali Famine a Tragedy, But Also an Opportunity

Speaking on September 20th in the latest in the series of SRSG meetings at IPI, Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, noted that the country had been without a government and in a state of continuing conflict for nearly 20 years, but said there were three recent developments there that made him optimistic about the future.  

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - September 08, 2011

Africa's “King of Kings” Is Out, Long Live His Wealth!

This summer, I was invited to speak at the Africa Center's Senior Leaders Seminar on post-conflict transitions in Washington, DC. Participants were mostly senior African military leaders, and the discussion session drifted to Libya. When one officer asked what the regional implications of the conflict in Libya could be, I thought that he, as a security expert, wanted to discuss refugees, mercenaries, and weapons crossing borders. But he quickly corrected me. “The question was about economic security,” he said.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - August 15, 2011

African Junior Professionals Fellowship Program at IPI

The fourth annual African Junior Professionals Fellowship Program at IPI brought six African scholars to New York for a month-long (July 1-28) familiarization with the United Nations and the related think tank community.

 

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - July 21, 2011

The Birth of South Sudan: A Difficult Road Ahead

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. It is the fifty-fourth sovereign nation in Africa, and the first one since Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. The occasion has been greeted with much fanfare and jubilation in Juba, the capital of this new country of over 8 million people. 

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 10, 2011

SRSG Meece Rejects Negative Analysis of DRC

Speaking at an IPI event, Roger Meece, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rejected the notion that the long and ongoing conflict in the DRC that has killed over five million people has created problems too complex to solve.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - June 09, 2011

Darfur, UNAMID, Doha, South Sudan: IPI Meeting

On June 9, 2011, IPI hosted a World Affairs Forum discussion with Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, Joint AU-UN Special Representative for the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  

 
 

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