International Peace Institute (IPI)

The International Peace Institute (IPI) is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflict. With a staff representing more than 20 nationalities, IPI is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Vienna and Manama.

Founded in 1970, IPI is dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states by strengthening international peace and security institutions. To achieve its purpose, IPI employs a mix of risk analysis, policy research, publishing, and convening. It carries out work in and on Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. IPI provides practical policy insight and advice for international and national policymakers, as well as for the broader foreign affairs community. Among the primary consumers of its policy research and analysis are the UN and its 193 member states, regional and subregional organizations such as the OSCE, academia, and civil society. IPI’s policy recommendations are highly valued for their candor and credibility.

The IPI Vienna office is located in the historic center of the Austrian capital, close to diplomatic missions, the Austrian foreign ministry and the headquarters of a number of international and nongovernmental organizations, including the OSCE, with which the IPI Vienna office has successfully partnered since its establishment.

In 2015, IPI continues to support Switzerland with issues related to its Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). For example, in February it is organizing a meeting in Belgrade on how to promote reconciliation between Georgia and the break-away regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Further Walter Kemp, IPI’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, is part of the Secretariat to support the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project.

International Peace Institute
Freyung 3
1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1-533-8881

Walter Kemp is Senior Director for Europe and Central Asia at the International Peace Institute. He joined IPI in August 2010 after serving for four years as spokesman and speechwriter at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Previously he worked from 1996 to 2006 for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including as Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (in the Hague) and Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General and Chairmanship.

Walter has a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, a master’s in political science from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s (honors) in history from McGill University.

He is author of a number of publications on topics including nationalism and diplomacy, organized crime and peacekeeping, and has written several articles and chapters on issues including conflict prevention, the OSCE, the political economy of conflict, and national minorities.