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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 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.

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.

Watch event video on UStream (recorded May 17th)

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

18 May 2011 description

The objectives of the 2010 IPI Vienna Seminar were to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of existing multilateral partnerships in specific aspects of peace operations, such as civilian protection, police and civilian expertise, and the transition from early recovery to long-term peacebuilding; to identify ways of strengthening partnerships among the UN, the AU, NATO, the OSCE, the EU, and other organizations, as well as among major stakeholders at the UN; and to facilitate the transfer of ideas, experience, and best practices in peace operations between the UN and other peacekeeping and …

16 May 2011 description

The International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna have put together the first comprehensive analysis of the role of the UN Security Council in the ongoing process of implementing the responsibility to protect (RtoP). This most recent journal issue prepared by IPI and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna features contributions by senior policymakers and experts who participated in a conference co-hosted by the government of Austria, IPI, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and the National Defence Academy in Vienna.

10 Feb 2011 description


The need for skilled military and police contributions to peace operations is an ever-present concern. At the same time, the demands that contemporary peace operations place on contributing countries have become increasingly complex. Existing contributors and the UN Secretariat have assembled an impressive inventory of lessons learned, guidance, and best practices. Yet, the need for continued dialogue and reflection remains.

15 Sep 2010 description


Executive Summary

According to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, adopted on July 11, 2000, one of the main objectives of the AU is to "promote peace, security, and stability on the continent." Over the past decade the African Union has taken the first steps in establishing a new African peace and security architecture.

The UN and AU agreed in 2007 on a Ten-Year Capacity-Building Programme to assist the African Union in responding more effectively to ongoing and potential conflicts.

14 Dec 2009 description

"Uganda Not Closed Door to Peace With LRA"

This was a statement made by Ruhakana Rugunda, the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, at a lunchtime policy forum held December 7, 2009 to discuss the new IPI report "From Uganda to the Congo and Beyond: Pursuing the Lord's Resistance Army."

Ambassador Rugunda was a discussant at the event, which featured the author of the report, Dr. Ronald A. Atkinson, Director of African Studies at the University of South Carolina, and, as a second discussant, Dr.

01 Jul 2009 description


"Overstretched," "underresourced," and "overmatched" are terms commonly used to describe UN peacekeeping. The first is a result of the vast number of conflicts the Security Council has chosen to address with peace operations. The second is due to a lack of available specialized equipment, highly trained personnel, and funds-a constraint compounded by global recession. The final descriptor, "overmatched," is, at least partly, a consequence of the challenging, complex environment in which the UN operates.

23 Jun 2009 description

Executive Summary

Within the United Nations, the concept of the responsibility to protect (RtoP) has regained considerable momentum after nearly two years of stasis following the 2005 World Summit. Outside the corridors of the world body, discussions about RtoP and its application to specific regional situations, as well as the mandate of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, one of the crimes specified in the Summit's Outcome Document, are still at a nascent stage.