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General Announcements - May 11, 2009

President's Message

Welcome to the website of the International Peace Institute. This site presents a broad cross-section of IPI’s activities in pursuit of our mission to resolve global conflicts and crises through policy research and development. On these pages you will find our latest publications and learn about specific programs and activities, as well as recent meetings and events.

Looking back on a long and varied career in academia, policy research institutions, conflict mediation, Norwegian politics and government, and the United Nations, I have learned the importance of building bridges between these different sectors and the powerful potential for exchange of knowledge and mutual learning between them.

IPI is uniquely placed to facilitate this necessary exchange among academia, governments, NGOs, and international organizations, and thus to help build a more secure and peaceful world. I am extremely fortunate to have inherited a thriving institution in early 2005 from previous IPI Presidents – Major General Rikhye, the Honorable Olara Otunnu and, in particular, my immediate predecessor, Ambassador David Malone – who made IPI a fixture in United Nations circles and beyond.

As a policy research institute, our core goal is to inform decision-makers in government and the UN of trends and dynamics in peace and security and provide them with realistic policy recommendations. We do so by generating policy-relevant research and by channeling expert advice from all over the world into the UN system. Spending much of the past decade as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Middle East, I know firsthand the immense value of input from institutes such as the International Peace Institute. Our publications are also of much broader relevance, often appearing in university teaching curricula, academic research papers, and media commentary. In this way, IPI’s research contributes to a broader debate on the role of the United Nations in today’s world.

But the value of research does not solely lie in generating knowledge and policy advice. I have seen on many occasions how, in highly politicized environments, independent and non-partisan analysis can provide a basis for finding common ground among opposing parties. Indeed, the entry point for the process that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords between the PLO and the Government of Israel was a study on the living conditions in the Occupied Territory, undertaken by the Norwegian think tank Fafo, which I headed at the time. Similarly, IPI has a significant track record in bringing parties to the negotiating table by providing independent analysis and neutral ground. This is a tradition which I intend to pursue and strengthen.

Thank you for visiting IPI’s website. Please feel free to refer back to the website often, as we will make frequent updates. I hope that our site will become one of your trusted sources for research and analysis on multilateral peace and security issues and UN affairs.

Terje Rød-Larsen

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 11, 2009

IPI Hosts Annual Spring Reception

Over fifty guests, including UN ambassadors, IPI board members, staff, and friends attended IPI's 2009 Annual Spring Reception, which took place in the Trygve Lie Center on May 11th. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 10, 2009

Countering Terrorism in South Asia

Horrific acts of terrorism, such as the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, underscore the regional nature of the terrorist threat in South Asia, and they point to a need for greater cooperation within the region to address it.  

 
 

 

Conferences - May 07, 2009

IPI Co-Hosts Monitoring and Evaluation of Peace Operations Workshop

A number of institutions and experts are increasingly engaged in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations. However, many of these efforts remain fragmented, and do not yet influence the institutional culture and procedures of key actors, such as the United Nations and donor countries. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - May 05, 2009

Peace Operations: IPI Blue Paper no. 9

This Blue Paper on Peace Operations lays out recommendations on the need to (1) hold a ministerial-level meeting on peacekeeping; (2) forge a consensus among member states on entry, exit, and long-term planning; (3) break political stalemates in stagnant peace operations  

 
 

 

 

 

Panel Discussions - May 04, 2009

Israel’s Shalom Sees Middle East Struggle As Between Extremists and Moderates

During a visit to IPI, Silvan Shalom stated that the struggle in the Middle East should not be classed as between Israelis and Palestinians, but between extremists and moderates.  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - May 01, 2009

Internal Displacement Still at Record High, Says New Report

According to a comprehensive new report, the number of people internally displaced by conflict and violence is holding at approximately 26 million worldwide.
 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 30, 2009

IPI Presents Ideas on Strengthening Capacity to Secretary-General

Last week, IPI’s program staff presented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his senior-management team with ideas for action drawn from IPI’s extensive Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity at a meeting at IPI. Each of IPI’s rapporteurs delivered a summary of core findings on chosen topics. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - April 22, 2009

Weapons of Mass Destruction: IPI Blue Paper no. 3

This report addresses the urgent need within the UN system to give higher priority to nonproliferation and disarmament, and to build a consensus on these issues.  

 
 

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