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Conferences - April 05, 2014

IPI Opens Middle East Regional Office

International Peace Institute President Terje Rød-Larsen inaugurated IPI’s new Middle East Regional Office with a recognition of the area’s critical importance to the world and the rapid political changes underway in the countries of the region, and he asserted that IPI has an “important role” to play there.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - April 02, 2014

IPI Celebrates the Opening of the IPI-Middle East Regional Office

The new Middle East Regional Office, located in Manama, Bahrain, will be formally inaugurated on April 5th. Following is the advisory that was circulated today.  

 
 

 

General Announcements - March 26, 2014

Video: The Impact of the Syrian Crisis on Lebanon Today

In an SRSG Series event on March 26th, IPI hosted Derek Plumbly, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), who discussed the current situation in Lebanon, particularly focusing on the impact of the Syrian crisis on the country, and the work of the United Nations to address the political, security, and humanitarian challenges there.

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Speaker Events - March 19, 2014

In Praise of Pluralism

Pluralism—awarding equal rights despite political, religious or cultural preferences—is the only governance model that will allow the Arab world to thrive, argued Marwan Muasher, a Middle East scholar and Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment, on March 19th.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 20, 2014

Energy: A Source of Cooperation or Conflict in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean?

Despite the fact that countries in the Middle East have growing energy needs that could be satisfied by their neighbors, there is a lack of cooperation due to bilateral political tensions as seen between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as among countries in the Levant Basin (such as Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria). This was one topic of a meeting hosted by IPI on January 20th that discussed the impact of energy on security in the Middle East; 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - January 17, 2014

Roth: In Syria Peace Talks, Keep Justice—Not Impunity—on the Table

“There's always temptation for negotiators to jettison justice” in their haste to strike a deal, Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, told an IPI forum on war crimes accountability in Syria. But, he stressed, "I think it's important for us to recognize that justice should be on the table at Geneva II; impunity should not be.” 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - December 20, 2013

New Report Plans Ahead for a Postconflict Syria

Though the conflict in Syria shows no signs of abating, and hopes for the Geneva II talks in January are dim, this paper argues it is never too early to start planning for peace. The paper examines three recent post-conflict transitions in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen—and draws lessons for Syria. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 24, 2013

Arab Youth: A Narrative of Polarization

To begin the launch of her book, Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia, Nur Laiq quoted the wife of Hosni Mubarak, the strongman leader who ruled Egypt for over three decades. “’Oh, it's just kids who are holding up traffic; it will pass,'” she said of the early protestors in Tahrir Square. Then, after a pause, she added, “The Mubarak regime fell a few days later." 

 
 

 

Books - October 18, 2013

Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia

A new IPI book maps the civic and political activism of youth in postrevolutionary Egypt and Tunisia. Who are the youth activists of Egypt and Tunisia? What are their ideas, and what types of action are they taking? As key protagonists of revolution in 2011, what capacity do they now have to sustain their political and civic engagement over the long term?  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - October 02, 2013

Bennoune: Support Muslims Resisting Fundamentalism

“Why is it that everyone in the world knows who Osama bin Laden was, but so few people know about all of those who are standing up to all the bin Ladens in these different contexts?” asked Karima Bennoune, an Algerian-American scholar and professor of international law, during an event at the International Peace Institute on October 2nd.  

 
 

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.