Conflict Prevention: Toward More Effective Multilateral Strategies

Dec. 7, 2011, 2:08 p.m.

The International Peace Institute published a report summarizing key points from a seminar it hosted on conflict prevention. The report describes lessons learned during the past decade of multilateral conflict prevention and explores successes and failures in the area. It concludes with case studies from Kenya, Cote D'Ivoire and Kyrgyzstan. The full report can be found here.

This meeting report presents a synthesis of the discussions at the seminar and summarizes key recommendations made by participants at the meeting.

It finds:
• Multilateral conflict prevention has undergone significant change in recent years.
• Capabilities, working methods, and the normative framework for multilateral conflict prevention have evolved considerably in response to greater receptiveness by many states facing conflict risks and increasing preparedness by third parties to engage in preventive diplomacy and structural prevention.
• This trend has been accompanied by a proliferation of the number of third states, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations undertaking preventive action.
• Achieving coordination and coherence among these numerous third parties in their pursuit of preventive goals constitutes a critical challenge.

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