International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security


aka IPI

New York, NY


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



Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen

Main Address

777 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017 USA


Peace and security, IPI, conflict settlement, conflict prevention, mediation, International, UN, Africa, Asia, Middle East, think tank, United Nations, policy research, public policy, U.N, sustaining peace





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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Multilateral Cooperation

Peace Operations and Prevention for Sustaining Peace

Sustainable Development and the Culture of Peace

Humanitarian Affairs

Women, Peace and Security

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The output of IPI’s research programs include short issue briefs and meetings notes on timely peace and security issues as well as in-depth expert reports in the form of policy papers and books.

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IPI has focused on convening fewer, more strategic meetings. While the total number events organized has decreased, the number of cooperating partners has increased from 50 in 2015 to 69 in 2017.

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

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IPI reaches a growing global audience by sharing our work online:, and

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Today's system of global governance, in particular the UN, is struggling to cope with increasingly complex social, political, and economic challenges, which is due in part to the system's structural rigidity and inertia. To take advantage of our interconnected world and maximize the opportunities offered by a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous world, IPI aims to assist institutions at all levels (local, national, regional, international, and multilateral) with adapting to rapid and accelerating change.

IPI's work is framed around the strategic goal of managing risk and building resilience for a more peaceful and secure world. This approach emphasizes strategic anticipation, proactive response, and long-term engagement. It also provides a framework for cooperation across institutional silos and geographic boundaries.

IPI's work to manage risk and build resilient systems is informed by a commitment to the Four I's: innovate, implement, institutionalize, and impact. The complexity of today's global challenges require innovative response, and IPI fosters innovation by providing analyses of global trends and contributing fresh ideas to policymakers.

To reach their full potential, innovative ideas need to be implemented. IPI works to strengthen the implementation of policy recommendations by producing tools for practitioners and convening timely discussions focused on pragmatic policy responses.

To be most effective, innovation and implementation must be institutionalized. To assist in this endeavor, IPI seeks long-term partnerships with governments, civil society, and multilateral organizations to bring innovative ideas from concept to implementation to sustainability.

As a research institute that provides practical advice and insightful analyses, IPI seeks to have a positive impact on peace, security, and development by shaping policies, providing up-to-date risk assessments, and offering constructive evaluations of current approaches.

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 President, Terje Rød-Larsen, enhances the reach of IPI's work through his regular contacts with the UN's most senior staff and on his diplomatic travels worldwide.

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 $11 million, IPI receives support from over 20 government donors, private foundations, and major individual donors, and continues to work on diversifying the Institute's sources of funding.

IPI periodically assesses the impact of its activities and whether programs are meeting their objectives. IPI tracks the number of outputs including publications and events and collects data on the number of constituents that the Institute reaches through various forums. We also compare current data to that of previous years to ensure that we continue to reach wider audiences. Quantitative data collected for 2017 shows that IPI produced a total of 35 books, policy papers, issue briefs, and meeting notes, and the Institute's publications were cited more than 500 times over the course of the year. The publications are also available on IPI's website, which saw a large increase in traffic in 2017 (visits to the website grew by 27%). IPI's social media presence also experienced significant growth over 2017. The Institute now has 145,942 followers (counting all IPI brands on social media), which represents a 17% increase over 2016.

Qualitatively, IPI uses three categories of indicators to determine the impact of its work. Research and Program Indicators provide evidence that policy analysis and recommendations by IPI have been useful in informing the work of the UN and its member states. Such evidence includes references to IPI's research, implementation of policy recommendations, and feedback regarding the quality of research.

Outreach indicators track the ability to reach and impact increasingly broad and diverse audiences through the dissemination of IPI's research, policy analysis, and meeting outcomes. Such evidence includes citations of IPI's research in scholarly journals, books, newspapers, and magazines, cross-postings of publications, and appearances by IPI staff on television and radio programs.

Demand indicators collate requests by the United Nations and member states for IPI to (1) partner on projects and initiatives that support the priority issues on their agendas, and (2) convene meetings to facilitate political consensus. For example, in 2015 the Executive Office of the Secretary-General asked for IPI's assistance with conducting research on the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), and the Peacebuilding Support Office asked IPI to assist with the work of the 2015 advisory group on the UN Peacebuilding architecture.

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. More recently, in April 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.

Under these new multilateral frameworks, the theme of prevention has become central. The need to focus on the long-term prevention of crises rather than merely short-term responses also emerged as a common theme of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM), a project of IPI that presented its final report in September 2016 and continued with follow-up activities.

Under existing approaches, prevention continues to be defined negatively, largely in relation to conflict. The starting point has always been: what causes conflict? IPI seeks to turn this question around; instead of asking what causes conflict, we ask what sustains peace. In order to help bring about such a conceptual shift, IPI organized a series of high-level research-informed Conversations on Sustaining Peace in 2017 to explore how to promote prevention as a proactive, nationally owned strategy for averting the outbreak of conflict and sustaining peace over the long term.

Critical to this endeavor will be understanding the relationship between sustainable development and peace. As part of the SDGs4Peace project, IPI is examining the links between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the prevention of violent conflict. Case studies have been conducted on Greece, the Gambia, Guatemala, Lebanon, and Myanmar, and IPI will complete eight additional case studies ahead of the second Summit on the 2030 Agenda at the UN General Assembly in 2019.

IPI's Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations (CPO) has been working to build political support and sustain momentum for peace operations reforms by promoting implementation of the recommendations of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO). Through a series of high-level workshops, IPI explored how to apply the HIPPO recommendations in particular country contexts: Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Darfur (UNAMID), Mali (MINUSMA), South Sudan (UNMISS), and the DRC (MONUSCO). The CPO will continue this work in 2018 with a particular focus on the HIPPO recommendation for prioritized and sequenced mandates.

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