INTERNATIONAL PEACE INSTITUTE INC

aka IPI   |   New York, NY   |  www.ipinst.org

Mission

The International Peace Institute (IPI) is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to managing risk and building resilience to promote peace, security, and sustainable development. To achieve its purpose, IPI employs a mix of policy research, strategic analysis, publishing, and convening. IPI's work is framed around the strategic goal of managing risk and building resilience for a more peaceful and secure world. This framework emphasizes the need for strategic anticipation, proactive response, and long-term engagement. It also provides a framework for cooperation across institutional silos and geographic boundaries. This conceptual framework guides the Institute's overall efforts to contribute to a more peaceful, stable, and prosperous world.

Ruling year info

1956

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Main address

777 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017 USA

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Formerly known as

International Peace Academy

EIN

03-0213226

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Revitalizing Multilateral Cooperation

IPI's work on revitalizing multilateral cooperation analyzes the shifting geopolitical landscape and identifies opportunities for multilateral solutions to transnational challenges, including pandemics, water scarcity, and threats to cultural heritage.

Population(s) Served
Adults

IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations works to improve multilateral approaches to international peace and security by bolstering efforts to reform the UN’s peace and security architecture, to ensure realistic and prioritized peace operation mandates and the effective delivery of these mandates in the field, to enhance institutional partnerships between the UN and regional institutions, and to sustain peace in areas under stress.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Low-income people

Through IPI's work on peace and sustainable development, we aim to reframe sustaining peace and prevention as a proactive, nationally owned and driven strategy for averting the outbreak of conflict. Our focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development supports a shared, practical understanding of how countries can implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from both a development and a peace perspective.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Low-income people
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

IPI's Women, Peace and Security Program provides research and analysis and convenes key stakeholders to support the full participation of women and respect for their rights in all efforts to build and sustain peace. In the context of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WPS program is adapting research methodologies and using virtual convening. In addition to this standalone program, IPI is working to ensure women, peace, and security issues are reflected in the entirety of the organization’s work.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people
Women and girls

Through our research and convening on human rights and humanitarian affairs, IPI seeks to bridge debates in Geneva and New York, with a focus on safeguarding humanitarian action at a time when principled aid and rights-based approaches are under increasing stress.

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Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Online readership of IPI's publications in 2020 was its highest ever, increasing by more than 58% from the previous year and standing 32% higher than any previous year.

Number of briefings or presentations held

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPI adapted our convening activities to an online format. The first virtual event took place on April 24 and was watched by more than 13,000 people.

Number of followers on social media

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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IPI maintains a strong social media presence to enhance our impact (Twitter: @ipinst; Facebook: facebook.com/internationalpeaceinstitute; Instagram: instagram.com/ipinst; YouTube: youtube/user/ipinst)

Number of visits to IPI websites

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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IPI reaches a growing global audience by sharing our work online: www.ipinst.org, and www.theglobalobservatory.org.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In an increasingly interconnected world, international cooperation has never been more necessary, or more complicated. Countries must work together to meet common goals of peace and security, economic and environmental stability, public health and social wellbeing. This cooperation is especially critical during a global pandemic—and in view of current global trends of rising nationalism, protectionism, and xenophobia. Indeed, the coronavirus crisis has provided a stress test for institutions of all kinds, including governments around the world and the international system as a whole.

The International Peace Institute (IPI) inspires countries to work together. We see windows of opportunity, and we bring together great minds and diverse perspectives from across the globe to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. We work alongside policymakers and practitioners and help them develop pragmatic, multilateral approaches that account for both the geopolitical context and on-the-ground realities.

In this time of rising competition and growing division, the need for an independent institution to advance thinking on concrete ways to build and sustain peace, provide opportunities for dialogue, and generate objective, evidence-based research on issues of concern to the multilateral system is increasingly important. As we weigh the challenges of today, we are compelled to do more. Our plans call for developing effective leaders, creating inclusive systems, and strengthening international cooperation to make the world a safer, more peaceful, and more prosperous place.

World leaders have increasingly recognized that there is a need to work toward the long-term, strategic prevention of conflict to avoid the constant short-term reaction to the latest crisis. IPI’s research, strategic outreach activities, and events foster and support multilateral peace and prevention efforts:

Research: Through our independent, field-driven research, IPI provides timely, evidence-based analysis and practical policy recommendations to inform debate and guide decision making on complex and emerging issues. IPI publishes approximately 30 policy reports and issue briefs every year.

Strategic Outreach: As a trusted partner to governments and multilateral institutions globally, IPI provides strategic analysis and advice, drawn from our research and our expertise on UN and other multilateral processes. Each year, IPI partners with numerous member states to the UN, regional organizations, think tanks, universities, NGOs, and members of the private sector to conduct research, produce publications, and convene meetings and events.

Convening: Through our convening, IPI aims to stimulate debate, share cutting-edge research, and increase understanding of key contemporary challenges for peace, security, and sustainable development. IPI organizes approximately 110 events every year at its offices in New York and Manama, as well as at other international venues. The nature of events ranges from intimate, off-the-record discussions that facilitate strategic thinking and policy development, to open, attention-getting presentations on pressing issues concerning global affairs. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPI has developed a suite of innovative ways to host virtual events and meetings, reaching a wider audience than ever before.

IPI's staff of approximately 50 people represent over 20 nationalities and include former senior diplomats and staff with field experience and media expertise.

IPI's main office, directly across from the United Nations Headquarters in New York, allows IPI to engage with UN staff and member state representatives on a regular basis. The Institute maintains a unique niche in the New York-based UN community as a close, trusted, yet critical friend of the United Nations and its member states. Many of IPI's initiatives are conceived and carried out in consultation with a government or partner organization who shares a similar interest or priority.

IPI has also increased its global presence and enhanced its outreach with a larger network of partners by opening regional offices in Vienna (Europe and Central Asia office) in 2010 and in Manama (Middle East and North Africa office) in 2014.

With an annual budget of approximately $9 million, IPI receives support from over 20 government donors, private foundations, and individual donors, and continues to work on diversifying the Institute's sources of funding.

Over the past few years, the multilateral system underwent an extraordinary process of review and reflection, and achieved several historic successes. In 2015 these included the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. In 2016, the UN Security Council and General Assembly adopted identical resolutions on a new vision for UN peacebuilding. The resolutions define a new agenda for prevention around the concept of “sustaining peace." These successes formed the basis for opportunities to advance the cause of peace and sustainable development, and IPI's activities reflect a deep engagement with this endeavor and with the broad search for multilateral solutions to transnational problems.

In 2021, IPI’s program of work consists of five thematic programs:

REVITALIZING MULTILATERAL COOPERATION
Our work on revitalizing multilateral cooperation analyzes the shifting geopolitical landscape and identifies opportunities for multilateral solutions to transnational challenges, including pandemics, water scarcity, and threats to cultural heritage.

PEACE OPERATIONS AND SUSTAINING PEACE
IPI’s work on peace operations and sustaining peace strengthens UN efforts to promote durable, inclusive political solutions, to protect civilians, and to partner with regional organizations to achieve these goals in a time of transition. Our work emphasizes the importance of building on existing resiliencies, developing inclusive processes, and connecting local solutions to international policymaking.

PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Through our work on peace and sustainable development, IPI endeavors to reframe sustaining peace and prevention as a proactive, nationally owned and driven strategy for averting the outbreak of conflict. Our focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development supports a shared, practical understanding of how countries can implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from both a development and a peace perspective and in a way that is tailored to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WOMEN, PEACE, AND SECURITY
IPI’s work on women, peace, and security promotes the meaningful participation of women in peace operations, conflict prevention, humanitarian action, and post-conflict recovery and promotes women’s leadership for lasting institutional change at the local, regional, and international levels.

HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
Through our research and convening on human rights and humanitarian affairs, IPI seeks to bridge debates in Geneva and New York, with a focus on safeguarding humanitarian action at a time when principled aid and rights-based approaches are under increasing stress.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister & Labor Party leader, Australia

Ann Phillips

Member of the Board, World Policy Institute; Member of the Advisory Board, Council on Global Initiatives of the New School

Jean Todt

President, Federation Internationale de L’Automobile

Cliff Perlman

Attorney at Law

Mortimer Zuckerman

Chairman Emeritus

Adam Lupel

Acting President and CEO, IPI

Organizational demographics

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