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21 Jun 2018 description

By Aditi Gorur

The Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative, launched by Secretary-General António Guterres at the end of March, champions a people-centric approach to peacekeeping. It suggests that all peacekeeping stakeholders—the Security Council, the Secretariat, the troop-, police-, and finance-contributing countries, and the parties to a peace process—are ultimately responsible to ordinary people living in communities torn apart by violence.

23 May 2018 description

by Ralph Mamiya


The 2015 UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) stressed two major themes that Secretary-General António Guterres continues to focus on: first, the primacy of politics in peacekeeping, which he raised in his September 2017 remarks at the Security Council open debate on peacekeeping; and second, the core obligation of peacekeepers and the entire UN to protect civilians, a continuous theme of his tenure.

01 Jun 2017 description

N’Djamena, 1 juin 2017 – Le Système des Nations Unies, l'Institut International de la Paix (IPI) et le Département fédéral des affaires étrangères de la Confédération suisse (DFAE), ont organisé une rencontre de haut niveau sur le thème : « Investir dans la Paix et la Prévention de la Violence au Sahel-Sahara ».

22 May 2017 description

by Liska Wittenberg

Every summer since 2014 has seen an increase in the number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and Malta. This increase in migration is having a wide-ranging impact on countries of origin, transit, and destination, creating new and complex challenges for governments, humanitarian agencies, the European Union, and the international community at large.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

27 Oct 2014 description

East Africa continues to be a region experiencing major challenges. In recent years, it has endured regular violent conflicts and steady transnational security threats. It is the only region in Africa where colonial era borders have been redrawn, adding to a sense of instability. Meanwhile, East Africa remains a place of great potential, marked by a burgeoning process of regional integration.

29 Apr 2014 description

The mass atrocities in Rwanda and Srebrenica provided “a shock to the international community,” said Adama Dieng, the United Nations Secretary-General's special adviser on the prevention of genocide. The UN has been widely criticized for its failures in both, but in the intervening years, Mr. Dieng said the United Nations has made a lot of progress. “It takes time to change [UN] culture,” he said.

10 Apr 2013 description

Video: How Can Innovative Technology Make Conflict Prevention More Effective?

On April 10, IPI, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted an interactive discussion, video presentation, and launch of a five-case study report on the role of new technologies in the prevention of violent conflict.

Click here to view the event video on UStream>>

01 Feb 2013 description

Ending impunity and promoting justice and reconciliation reflect core objectives underpinning the African Union. Amid renewed debate about justice and peace on the African continent, this report investigates the issue of impunity and its relationship with peace, justice, reconciliation, and healing.

25 Jan 2013 description

Last week, the United States government stepped up its efforts to find the ICC-indicted criminal Joseph Kony and his group the Lord’s Resistance Army. On January 15, President Obama signed into law the expansion of the Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which offers financial incentives for information relating to the capture of individuals wanted for terrorism or drug trafficking, and those indicted by the the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

09 Oct 2012 description

Sudanese President (and ICC-indicted criminal) Omar al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart President Salva Kiir Mayardit signed a cooperation agreement on September 27, 2012, marking a decisive step forward in the regional and international efforts to end tensions between Sudan and South Sudan. Concluding over a month of negotiations between the two countries, and four days of an extended presidential summit (meant to last only a single day), the agreement was widely welcomed by the international community.

24 Sep 2012 description

Since the rainy season began in July, Niger has experienced its worst flooding in eighty years, affecting over 500,000 people. Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, desperately needs international aid to help flood victims. But on September 8, Interior Minister Abdou Labo announced that some aid had been stolen.

09 Jul 2012 description

A series of protests in and around Khartoum after President Bashir’s announcement of a fiscal austerity program in June is the latest indication of a rapidly deteriorating political situation in Sudan. Almost a year since the establishment of South Sudan as the 193rd member of the United Nations, Sudan and South Sudan continue to face a host of complex issues unresolved by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

29 May 2012 description

“There is a whole change or shift in the way we look at food security today, both from the level of the household up to the community, up to the state itself, and the governments, and the countries we operate in,” says Amer Daoudi, regional director for Sudan for the World Food Programme, in this interview. Mr. Daoudi goes on to discuss new technological advances in monitoring and reporting, as well as the World Food Programme’s engagement in Rio+20, and the effects of climate change on long-term food production.

The interview was conducted by Chris Perry, Senior Policy Analyst.

23 May 2012 description

Reflecting on experiences and lessons learned from the crises in Darfur and the Horn of Africa, this policy forum examined the impact and development potential of food assistance beyond its humanitarian value and speculate on “gap” areas in the existing guidance for nations transitioning out of fragility.

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17 May 2012 description

Following an introductory keynote address by outgoing ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, a panel of speakers examined country case studies in order to draw out wider lessons about the role of states and NGOs in achieving more effective strategies for enforcing outstanding arrest warrants.

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Moderator: Mr. Abdullah Alsaidi, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute

22 Jul 2011 description

Paul Romita l Policy Analyst

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.